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Vaportrail : a platform for personal data applications MacRow, Kalan W.


Vaportrail is a privacy-preserving platform for personal data and applications. It allows users to archive their personal data and safely expose it to untrusted third- party applications. As a trusted hub for data sources like email, social updates, location data, and health metrics it enables new types of applications that com- bine several sensitive personal data streams. Through carefully designed isolation mechanisms, the platform prevents applications from exfiltrating data and unbur- dens developers of the fiduciary responsibility associated with handling personal data. Vaportrail provides an open package format and APIs for building service connectors that ingest data from external services, as well as a robust browser- based sandbox that mediates application access to sensitive data.

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