Web3: ShareRing, a Digital Identity Blockchain Ecosystem, Announces Initial Release of Vault Query Language

ShareRing users and developers will be able to test out the alpha release of ShareRing Vault Query Language (VQL), a web-based platform with a query tool “for retrieving a user’s profile data from [their] ShareRing Vault.”

VQL will benefit Web3 users who are looking “for a self-service, zero-trust ecosystem that guarantees a digital future where data security experiences are more seamless.”

As explained in the update, a query language (QL) refers to any computer programming language that “requests and retrieves data from database and information systems by sending queries.”

It works on user-entered structured and formal programming command-based queries “to find and extract data from host databases.”

As noted in the announcement, VQL is “a web-based platform in the ShareRing ecosystem that allows [users] to set up the logic behind a QR code to request specific information from the Vault.”

In the alpha stage, basic computer programming/coding knowledge is “required to set up the logic for Personal Identification Information (PII) request, and, subsequently through a QR code, enable the extraction of information.”

Plus, actions like “setting up, customizing, editing, and deleting queries are simple.”

Users simply use their Vault “to access the URL backend with a scan of a QR code.”

The requested data in a user’s VQL is then “encrypted against their Vault’s private key, making the full set of data completely secure and accessible only by the ShareRing ID holder.”

Furthermore, VQL users can “set up any type of logic and data request. If data is not available from the Vault, custom answers are enabled.”

If you don’t have a ShareRing account, you can follow a few steps to set up your ShareRing ID and Vault. First, you can download the ShareRing app, which is available in the Apple app store, Google Play, and Galaxy Store. Then you can create your ShareRing ID  and set up your Vault.

You may also proceed to log into the VQL customer portal (a URL will be available to the public after beta testing) by “scanning the QR code with your ShareRing App Scanner and confirm your pin.” Then, create your query.

As explained in a blog post, ShareRing’s VQL is described as “an efficient, trustworthy digital process to request and review PII.”

Because it’s connected to a user’s ShareRing ID and Vault, it not only “ensures that this is a secure way to communicate PII but it’s also easy to set up and access the logic backend to manage and tailor requests.”

This process “lessens the risk of human error/intervention because the data communicated is not just a ‘screenshot’ that is provided at the time of the interaction.”

Plus, communicating PII through ShareRing VQL “ensures the data giver(s) that PII conveyed is of the requestee’s, and not anybody else’s.” Furthermore, the requestee receives only what details “have been requested, thus minimizing the amount of PII collected to only what is necessary or mandatory.”

Data recipients are then able “to trust that the VQL platform is a consistent approach to requesting and gathering PII, without having the need to format any tech or coding for different programs.” ShareRing’s VQL removes friction “between the user and customer while preserving standards and compliance to data privacy regulations.”

Example of a real use case at a university: Imagine it’s orientation week “at a local university for new students, and all the clubs are onsite to recruit new students.” A blockchain lab group offering “a raffle draw in which students must sign up in order to be entered into the draw.”

As noted in the update, the blockchain lab team first “signs into their VQL web portal to set up the query to request a student’s name and university email address.” This then “produces a unique QR code that can be embedded into the group website.”

At the orientation week, the blockchain lab is able to “show the QR code (which has already been embedded in their website) on an iPad, so that students who join the blockchain group and raffle draw only need to scan the QR code, approve the request to give their name and email on their own devices.”

Then, they are “automatically entered into the raffle.”

As covered,  ShareRing is a blockchain/DLT-based platform “enabling the creation and use of self-sovereign verifiable credentials across Web2 and Web3.”

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