Following an in-depth study into the privacy of Blockchain technology, academics from the University of South Australia have recently released their findings, and the results aren’t what most would expect.

The findings carried out by emerging technologies doctoral researcher Kirsten Wahlstrom, as well as collaborators, Anwaar Ulhaq and Oliver Burmeister, outlined the issue of the Blockchain permanently storing transactional data, with no way to erase it, regardless of a user’s wishes.

While this may not come as a surprise to many who have at least a surface-level of understanding of how Blockchain and its analogues function, the real issue surrounds the fact that this type of permanent cloud-based information storage contravenes a number of international laws — the largest being the European Union’s “right to be forgotten” directive — a law allowing any EU citizen to request their personal data be erased from any platform or service they may have used in the past.

As Blockchain is encrypted, the risk of having one’s data compromised is tremendously low, however, the issue remains the same — a technology that’s touted by many as impenetrable when it comes to security and privacy breaches may very well not be.