The European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) has published a Study examining the relationship between blockchain technology and European data protection law. The Study: (i) highlights that there is significant tension between the very nature of blockchain technology and the overall structure of the GDPR. Whether specific blockchain use cases are compliant with the supranational legal framework, however, is best determined on a case-by-case basis;
(ii) stresses that, in specific cases, this class of distributed technologies may offer distinct advantages that can be helpful in achieving some of the GDPR’s objectives; and (iii) develops concrete policy options that could be adopted to ensure that distributed technologies develop in in line with the objectives of the legal framework.

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