The report summarizes the results of the W3C Data Privacy Vocabularies and Controls Working Group (DPVCG)

The event was established and chaired by members of the SPECIAL Consortium (co-chairs: Axel Polleres (WU), Bert Bos (ERCIM) and as an initiative to build a community around the development of joint machine-readable vocabularies towards interoperability in the context of data privacy.The Data Privacy Vocabulary (DPV) provides terms (classes and properties) to annotate and categorize instances of legally compliant personal data handling according to the EU General Data Protection Regulation. This scope could be extended by later versions to other data and privacy protection regulations. The vocabulary provides terms to describe which personal data Categories are undergoing a specified kind of processing by a specific data controller and/or transferred to some recipient for a particular purpose, based on a specific legal ground (e.g., consent, or other legal grounds such as legitimate interest, etc.), with specified technical and organisational measures and restrictions (e.g., storage locations and storage durations) in place.

The draft report has been published at

Details about the community group, along with information on how to participate and provide feedback to the drafts is available at:


This project receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 731601

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