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Monday, July 8 • 11:00am - 11:30am
Analyzing the Impact of GDPR on Storage Systems

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The recently introduced General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is forcing several companies to make significant changes to their systems to achieve compliance. Motivated by the finding that more than 30% of GDPR articles are related to storage, we investigate the impact of GDPR compliance on storage systems. We illustrate the challenges of retrofitting existing systems into compliance by modifying GDPR-compliant Redis. We show that despite needing to introduce a small set of new features, a strict real-time compliance (e.g., logging every user request synchronously) lowers Redis’ throughput by 20x. Our work reveals how GDPR allows compliance to be a spectrum, and what its implications are for system designers. We discuss the technical challenges that need to be solved before strict compliance can be efficiently achieved.


Aashaka Shah

University of Texas at Austin

Vinay Banakar

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Supreeth Shastri

University of Texas at Austin

Melissa Wasserman

University of Texas at Austin

Vijay Chidambaram

University of Texas at Austin

Monday July 8, 2019 11:00am - 11:30am PDT
HotStorage: Grand Ballroom I–III