Senate offers the security and governance controls needed by managers responsible for their organization’s data protection and risk management strategies. 

Unlike most data-sharing solutions which rely solely on securing the data (through encryption or obfuscation), Data Republic has a unique data governance framework built into the Senate platform which allows Data Custodian to dial seven data-sharing controls up or down based on the risk level associated with the project.

Importantly, the controls are embedded in the platform to protect the data asset—unlike a typical business scenario where governance relies on people adhering to processes and policies. 

At the start of each data project, the Senate platform asks the ‘custodian’ (an authorized user from the organization that owns the data) a series of questions to set the governance level and controls. 

The Senate Controls are: 

Legal - What’s in the data license and how is it legally enforceable? 

People - Who has access to the data and how is that access restricted? 

Use - What are the permitted uses for the data? 

Security - How is the data’s IT environment secured? 

Output - What data output is allowable and what checks are made on the output? 

Audit - What details are tracked via audit logs? 

Data - How is the data itself protected through de-identification, aggregation or obfuscation?  

To help an organisation simply apply the appropriate controls to a project, Senate offers data custodians pre-configured solutions based similar project types. 

Level 1  
This level is designed for open data, where the objective is to reach the broadest audience possible. The only controls are in the data and license the output is download only.   

Level 2
This is ideal for individual downloads of a data asset, where there is no risk of disclosing personal information. The user can request several data assets at one time, but each is treated separately. 

Level 3
This is designed for customizing or combining datasets from different contributors under a single license. It ensures analytics is performed on the platform. 

Level 4  
This is ideal for sharing high-risk datasets with trusted organizations. It allows automated pre-approvals and checks on output.   

Level 5 This is the highest level of governance designed for high-risk data assets. It ensures license agreements. Ingress of data, and egress of analytics results are checked manually. 

We see data governance as an important responsibility for every Data Republic participant and user. All Partners of Data Republic are accredited through a formal certification process that includes a data governance component. Data Republic is proud to be a founding member of Data Governance Australia (DGA)

Read more about Data Republic’s approach to data governance in the Senate Whitepaper

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