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The Consent Receipt Suite by Datafund is a suite of open source programs in React that you can integrate into your product to allow you to issue and work with Kantara compliant consent receipts enabling also blockchain traceability, signing and storing them on Swarm decentralized storage.

Table of Contents

  1. About Consent Receipt Suite
    1. About Consent Receipts
    2. Workings of Consent Receipt suite
  2. How to integrate consent receipt libraries into your solutions
    1. Consent Receipt Generator
    2. Consent Receipt Viewer
    3. Consent Receipt Summary Viewer
    4. DataReceipt.js
    5. Sample React and integration for using consent on the blockchain
    6. Sample node.js API server implementation for generating consent token (JWT)
    7. Consent Receipt Suite Demo
      1. Decentralized Consent Receipt Suite Demo
    8. Putting it all together
  3. References / additional information

About Consent Receipt Suite

A general overview of the Consent Receipt Suite can also be found in the blog post TLDR: Consent Receipt Suite — what is it about … ?, along with videos demoing its functionalities.

Consent Receipts from the point of view of the individual are explained in the blog post You get a receipt for groceries, why not data?.

Developers should also read the blog post Developers — move your apps towards GDPR-compliance, easy, fast & free to rationalize the usage of the Suite.

The motivation for companies is described in the blog post Take your company into the fair data economy.

With GDPR, the need to have proper processes in place related to personally identifiable data (PII) became a necessity. Consent by the individual is needed in many cases, when PII are processed. Consent receipts are a way to record a given consent in a standardized way.

Having a consent receipt is good for both the individual as well as for the data controller. It is a record of agreement about usage of PII that both parties can refer to. Additional solutions can also be offered on top of these records – opening a way towards more advanced data economy services.

Datafund specializes in developing the solutions, so you don’t have to. Consent receipts were implemented according to Kantara specification, funded by the Sitra fund. And are now available open source and free for you to use.

Kantara is developing the specification further and we plan to update it, when a new version is accepted. In addition to providing a Kantara compliant consent receipt, we have also added decentralized Swarm storage and blockchain signing of the transactions to the packages. The signing features offer proof of consent, that is not legally required, but should became standard in our belief. Decentralized Swarm storage allows the consent receipts to be immediately stored in a secure and always-on storage, where the individual and the data controller can access them as needed.

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The “CR JSONSchema” defines the structure of a CR. Starting from the schema, the PII Controller can generate a “proposed CR JSON”, by adding values to all the relevant fields. The “proposed CR JSON” should be presented to the PII Principal in an appropriate way (human readable and possibly using one of the developed modules). PII Principal can give his consent, after which a “CR JWT” is generated which both the Controller and Principal can save (to different variants of storage).

Building upon the React JSONSchema framework, the presentation of CR on screen in either the human readable and read only form or the more flexible editable form used by the PII controller will be achieved by a combination of CR JSONSchema (defining the structure and allowed values), UISchema (defining the controls / menus displayed on screen), formData (defining the default / displayed values) and CSS styles (defining the look of the UI).

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All the parts are saved in the form of a JSON project file, that can be used as a template.

How to integrate consent receipt libraries into your solutions

The table shows the Consent Receipt Suite packages available, that you can use and integrate into your application. Each one can be used individually, but together they offer all the functionalities.

Description GitHub npm.js Web Swarm
Consent Receipt Generator dr-generator @datafund/consent-generator    
Consent Receipt Viewer dr-viewer @datafund/consent-viewer    
Consent Receipt Summary Viewer dr-summary @datafund/consents-summary    
A helper library for working with Consent Receipts on the blockchain datareceipt.js @datafund/data-receipt    
Sample React and integration for using consent on the blockchain df-fds-consent-manager      
Sample node.js API server implementation for generating consent token (JWT) dr-api-server      
Consent Receipt Suite Demo app demonstrating functionalities of the generator, viewer, blockchain transactions and Swarm storage dr-editor-sample   Web link  

The main packages are in the form of React components that can be included in your software.

The objective of this part is to give you enough of an overview of the packages and how they fit together for you to be able to use them in your own software.

The Consent Receipt Generator is meant to be used for editing the contents of the consent receipt.

The Consent Receipt Viewer is meant for displaying a human readable consent receipt from the JSON data.

The Consent Receipt Summary Viewer is meant for displaying most important summary data of several consent receipts at once, in a tabular view.

DataReceipt.js

Is a helper library for working with Consent Receipts on the blockchain. It encapsulates creation of FDS accounts, creation of Consent Receipts JWT tokens, sending over Swarm, decoding and verifying tokens with additional layer to support Consent Manager smart contract and consent signing and verification of Consent smart contract on blockchain. It sits on top of fds.js. Consent Manager smart contract creates Consent contracts and acts as interface to them.

See details on GitHub.

A sample how to initialize fds.js and datareceipt.js. Sample consent is generated, signed and sent to another account. It’s meant as a simplified reference implementation.

API server implementation is an example of a server for signing a proposed consent receipt and making it into a consent receipt JWT. It is runs in Node.js environment. NOTE: It is not meant to be used in a production environemnt as-is, as it should not be considered secured enough. Consider it a reference implementation. Putting private key in .js script is NOT considereg secure

The Consent Receipt Suite Demo is a reference implementation of all the modules bundled into one application. It is meant for demos.

Contains all modules, editor, generator, summary viewer, consent viewer and uses uses datareceipt.js and fds.js.

To deploy it yourself run npm run build

then upload it to Swarm through gateway (if you don’t run your own swarm node) swarm.exe --bzzapi https://swarm.fairdatasociety.org --defaultpath index.html --recursive up .\build\

Putting it all together

The modules can be used independently or in concert. The Sample Demo app was constructed with intent to demonstrate usability and as a reference implementation.

If you encounter an issues, have any questions open an issue on GitHub in https://github.com/datafund/dr-editor-sample.

References / additional information