On 2018-06-11, Peter Briggs wrote:
I'm wondering if there is an option to permanently delete a user account from a Galaxy instance, for example to comply with GDPR (for those of us running public Galaxy instances).
I implemented the `beta_gdpr_mode` in Galaxy 18.05. Please find the pull request here: https://github.com/galaxyproject/galaxy/pull/6069 In case you are interested how this functionality was implemented
And it is documented in the release notes here: https://docs.galaxyproject.org/en/release_18.05/releases/18.05_announce.html...
And in the admin documentation here: https://docs.galaxyproject.org/en/master/admin/special_topics/gdpr_complianc... (but that documentation needs to be updated.)
The admin interface provides "delete" and "purge" options for user accounts, but neither of these seems to permanently remove an account - the deleted accounts are still visible and can be undeleted (at least, in Galaxy 17.09). It's also unclear to me what "purge" does in this case - I wasn't able to find any documentation on these user management options.
I believe it's the same distinction made with histories
- deleted = "cleanup in some time" - purged = "fine to cleanup now"
As I understand it, under GDPR a person can request to have all their personal data removed from a database, but neither of the above options would be sufficient to leave the database compliant with GDPR in this case (as at the very least the email address - which I understand constitutes personal information in this context - would remain in the database).
Yes, our current opinion is that only the email address + username + any addresses on file must be wiped.
This feature is available to you when you turn on this mode.
Is there any way within Galaxy to truly permanently remove a user account?
Thanks in advance for any advice on this,
-- Peter Briggs firstname.lastname@example.org Bioinformatics Core Facility University of Manchester B.1083 Michael Smith Bldg Tel: (0161) 2751482
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