Access to the data on the Senate platform follows strict procedures governed by Data Republic and enforced by the design of the technology itself.
Data Contributors (companies or organisations ingesting data into the platform) have their data encrypted at rest and stored in segregated storage in the Data Republic multi-tenancy cloud storage system. Data Republic’s developers and operations team members are trained in leading practices around secure development and deployment. Software is built and automatically verified during each and every build, with automated deployment to hardened systems. Continuous hardening is applied to the build process, so each build of Data Republic is as at least as secure as any that have been formally verified.
To access data available on Senate analysts or users must first undertake the Data Republic Certification Program which has been designed to ensure that all users are aware of their legal and ethical obligations when working with data. Users must follow the prescribed workflow for requesting, accessing and analyzing data.
Data Contributors have full oversight and control over which Users can access their data as well as how much data of a particular set is made available and for what permitted analysis or use. In addition, data science workspaces are monitored and checked for compliance with data usage policies. Data Republic also undertakes regular third party security audits to ensure the highest standards of security are maintained.