Data Control Platform FAQ
Answers to common questions about using the Data Control Platform…
How do I get a DeviceContext to initialize a Data Control Platform SDK?
You need to create a user and then a device within the Data Control Platform.
If you just want to try some things out, you can generate a DeviceContext with ironoxide-cli as well.
Can the Data Control Platform SDK be used to authenticate users for my app?
No. The Data Control Platform works with an existing identity provider.
The group of users I want to encrypt to changes often. Do I have to re-encrypt the data every time I want to change who can decrypt a document?
The Data Control Platform handles highly dynamic groups of decryptors very gracefully via Scalable Encryption Groups
When a user is added to a Scalable Encryption Group, do I need to redistribute the encrypted file/data to the other users?
No. Changing who can decrypt data does not require the data to be modified at all.
When a user is removed from a Scalable Encryption Group, will they still be able to decrypt a local copy of the encrypted file they have stored?
A user will be unable to decrypt any data, even if they have access to a locally-stored version.
I don’t see a way to store data with the Data Control Platform. What am I missing?
The Data Control Platform doesn’t provide data storage, but allows you to store data wherever it is most convenient - files, databases, git repositories, S3 buckets, or anywhere else. Keep in mind that the data can even be stored in publicly accessible locations because it’s encrypted.
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