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A SWRL bridge to XACML for clouds privacy compliant policies

Munir, Kamran; Rahmouni, Hanene


Kamran Munir
Associate Professor in Data Science


The management of privacy and personal information within multi-cultural domain such as clouds and other universal collaborative systems requires intrinsic compliance-checking and assurance modules in order to increase social trust and acceptance. Focusing mainly on medical domains, this issue is particularly important due to the sensitivity of health related data in international data protection law. The use of ontologies and semantic technologies can provide relatively easy interpretation of legislation at run time, and can allow the logging of data access events to serve for future audits. However, the enforcement of semantic web rules (SWRL rules) on complex and heterogeneous architectures is expensive and might present runtime overheads. We believe a mapping of our semantic web privacy policies to a standard access control language such as XACML would be a useful alternative. A translation to XACML, would allow the integration of these policies with existing security and privacy policies being adopted on clouds environments. This paper describes a mathematical formalism for mapping SWRL (Semantic Web Rule Language) privacy rules to XACML policies and also explains the underline implementation requirements of this formalism.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Start Date Apr 3, 2014
Publication Date Apr 3, 2014
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 27-37
APA6 Citation Munir, K., & Rahmouni, H. (2014, April). A SWRL bridge to XACML for clouds privacy compliant policies. Paper presented at CLOSER 2014 - 4th International Conference on Cloud Computing and Services Science
Keywords privacy policies, OWL, SWRL, XACML, cloud
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Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : Cloud Computing and Services Sciences: International Conference and Services Sciences, CLOSER 2014, Barcelona Spain, April 3-5, 2014, Revised Selected Papers