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To comply with the European Union law known as General Data Protection Regulation or [GDPR](http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/en/TXT/?uri=CELEX:32016R0679) starting on May 25, 2018 there are some extra steps you as an admin need to take to protect information of users in your Galaxy.
Anyone with users from the EU.
The Galaxy Project cares about privacy preserving regulations and meeting the requirements of law. We have attempted to make compliance as easy as possible so you can continue to serve EU users.
The Galaxy GDPR compliance is enabled by switching the
gdpr_compliance flag available in
the configuration of Galaxy, Reports, and the Tool Shed. If you intend to serve
users from anywhere in the EU, you should set this to true. This has some
important implications of which you must be aware:
We attempt to redact all occurrences of
We may change this redaction method to use encoded user IDs in the future.
You can configure the location of the compliance log like so:
logging: filters: stack: (): galaxy.web.stack.application_stack_log_filter formatters: stack: (): galaxy.web.stack.application_stack_log_formatter brief: format: '%(asctime)s %(levelname)-8s %(name)-15s %(message)s' handlers: console: class: logging.StreamHandler filters: - stack formatter: stack level: DEBUG stream: ext://sys.stderr compliance_log: class : logging.handlers.RotatingFileHandler formatter: brief filename: compliance.log backupCount: 0 loggers: COMPLIANCE: handlers: - compliance_log level: DEBUG qualname: COMPLIANCE galaxy: handlers: - console level: DEBUG propagate: 0 qualname: galaxy paste.httpserver.ThreadPool: level: WARN qualname: paste.httpserver.ThreadPool routes.middleware: level: WARN qualname: routes.middleware root: handlers: - console level: INFO version: 1
Which will produce logging events like this:
2018-05-10 18:32:20,787 INFO COMPLIANCE delete-user-event: f597429621d6eb2b
User deletion is always enabled when
gdpr_compliance is enabled to comply with
the right to erasure. When users are deleted, their PII is obscured.
In practice this means:
- user_address (when supplied)
All have their values that constitute PII permanently redacted with a one-way hash function.
This does not automatically remove their histories or datasets or any data they created on the service. It is expected that following deletion the normal Galaxy cleanup scripts will take care of this.
You are responsible for ensuring that backups are deleted, or re-executing the deletion process for all affected users following a restore.
We have added a “compliance log” which should aid in this by logging the user’s ID number, allowing you to re-delete them following a restoration. There is currently no automation to help enforce this; you are responsible for ensuring that when you restore services from backup, that you re-delete any PII of users which had previously requested deletion.
Tool Shed Specific¶
If a user has published a tool in your toolshed, when deleting their account their username will be redacted as well.
This will break any future updates for Galaxies consuming the tool and they will be stuck on the old version. Additionally due to how Galaxy builds toolshed repository paths on disk, it will break any access even if you try and install again from this repository owned by a redacted user.