Information stored on datona.io is protected by a Smart Data Access Contract (S-DAC). The S-DAC encodes the life cycle of the shared information - a state machine specifying the terms and conditions for its use, update and expiry through each stage of it's life. The S-DAC is written in code and deployed on the platform's blockchain.
Wherever in the world the data is held, the platform automatically enforces the contract terms, permitting access to the information only if the terms allow and only for those authorised. On contract expiry, the platform automatically deletes the information.
The S-DAC contains a summary of the terms for presentation to and acceptance by the user. The summary is designed to encourage individuals to make a quick but informed decision as to whether to share their data with an organisation. No more hiding terms away behind an innocent looking check box. Templates for S-DACs will be made publicly available allowing independent experts in the global community to validate the code and summary against the full legal terms of the contract.
Since the Datona.io blockchain is public, all parties involved in the information life cycle can monitor the current state of the contract and can be assured that their role in the life cycle will be upheld. They can also query the blockchain at any time for all their active S-DACs, and thereby view their current or historical digital information footprints.
At the heart of the solution is Datona.io. This consists of the DatonaNet blockchain, a marketplace of third-party cloud-based data vault services, and locally hosted Datona Safes for enterprise and home solutions.
Datona Labs' Datona Vault project is the first cloud-based data vault service. Vault software libraries will be released open source to encourage others to deploy their own vaults and to evolve the concept further.
Datona Labs' Datona ID project is the first application to prove the use of S-DACs and will spawn open-source developer libraries for use in other projects.
The platform is designed to be open to all developers to build smart data access into their applications.
The datona.io platform is designed to be open and stable, ready for developers and entrepreneurs to explore decentralised smart data access applications. The set of applications that can make use of smart data access is vast and varied.
To act as a proof-of-concept application and to jumpstart development of application layer software, Datona Labs will develop an example identity application. The Datona Identity mobile and browser app will enable users to prove their identity to others and apply for services, such as car insurance, both online and in-person at the touch of a button. Their personal information will be shared temporarily with the requesting organisation under contract. Other users and organisations will be able to verify the user's authenticity.
The S-DAC will limit the organisation's access to the duration and terms of the contract and allow the user to terminate the contract at any time.
Users can be confident that their personal information will no longer be used once the contract expires.
Users can have full visibility and control over their personal identity footprint.
Organisations' customer databases are automatically compliant with data protection regulations.
Verified data allows requesters to be confident they are accessing accurate information and owners can be confident that they are dealing with the right requester.
The team at Datona Labs is formed from a combination of business managers, project managers and software developers who have been delivering software development projects on behalf of clients since the late 1980s.
The team’s focus has been in safety critical software development where stringent legislation, regulation and standards determines how we develop software.
We are skilled at developing and assuring software to the highest integrity levels ensuring that our software is correct, robust, reliable and thoroughly tested before it is accepted by our clients. The team has worked on many high profile programmes for blue chip companies such as Boeing, Airbus, GE Aviation, Siemens, Hitachi, Bombardier, London Underground, EADS and Kawasaki to name a few.
Our founders are blockchain enthusiasts having been involved with cryptocurrencies since 2013. In 2016 the team released OpenSig (opensig.net), an open digital signature scheme that allows you to digitally sign any electronic document on the blockchain and later verify its authenticity and integrity.
Supporting our founding team are an advisory committee who we have assembled to advise and also challenge our direction. The advisory team have a diverse set of skills and is made up of angel investors, business leaders, academics, senior managers and technical subject matter experts. All of our advisors are committed to the project and hold a stake in the success of datona.io.