Monday, June 24, 2019

15,000 Egg Donors’ Profiles Stored on Blockchain For Data Security

The profile of about 15,000 egg donors is now being stored on the blockchain in order to provide speed when couples are searching for a match, and data security to protect the donor’s personal information. The latter is as a result of a national platform for third-party fertility created by FRTYL, a software company.

Couples to Carry Out Egg Donor Searches on Blockchain-based Platform

According to a media outlet’s report on April 6, couples will now be able to carry out searches on available egg donors using a master database stored on the blockchain. The compiled data about egg donors is from 100 U.S. agencies which amounts to 150,000 egg donors in the country.

Usually, couples who intend to conceive using egg donors, sperm, gestational surrogacy, and embryos have to rely on an agency. The agency’s role is to carry out a search on several fertility databases in order to find the right match. However, the process is not entirely free form errors since a lot of filters will be made in other to customize the search.

Software Company Says it is a Speedy and Secure Platform

FRTYL, a software company behind the master database revealed that after carrying out research for a speedy and secure platform that will enable the storage of this data, it settled for ALTR, a blockchain-based data security platform. In their opinion, the blockchain offers secure infrastructure and software tools. It also allows searches to be customized using filters and displays the result in real time.

Pieces of Data Linking the Donor’s Identity are Distributed

While commenting on the security feature of the distributed ledger technology, the company outlined that pieces of data that link the identity of the donor are encrypted, fragmented, and split in different locations. As such, even if ALTR’s dashboard is hacked, an attacker will be unable to access such files. The only data that is visible to the public are the features of the donor such as eye color, height, etc.

According to Doug Wick, a vice president at ALTR

We fragment the data and then spread it across the blockchain in a kind of scavenger hunt method, which makes it meaningless…An SSN might be broken into four or five pieces, and each piece is saved somewhere with a reference to the next piece. So when the application needs that data, it’s reassembled in real time through a keyless process

In line with that, the company revealed that at a later time, couples will be able to carry out searches on their own using the platform. They can filter the results and the system will automatically return results based on the filters which eliminate the potential for an error in comparison with the traditional method that is used.

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