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27 March 2015
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IPEN - Internet Privacy Engineering Network

The purpose of IPEN is to bring together developers and data protection experts with a technical background from different areas in order to launch and support projects that build privacy into everyday tools and develop new tools which can effectively protect and enhance our privacy.


IPEN objectives

The IPEN initiative was founded in 2014. It supports the creation of engineer groups working on (re)-usable building blocks, design patterns and other tools for selected Internet use cases where privacy is at stake.

IPEN invites participants from different areas such as data protection authorities, academia, open source and business development, and other individuals who are committed to the finding engineering solutions to privacy challenges. The objective of the work should be to integrate data protection and privacy into all phases of the development process, from the requirements phase to production, as it is most appropriate for the development model and the application environment.

It supports networking between engineer groups and existing initiatives for engineering privacy into the Internet. This network facilitates exchange in order to coordinate work and avoid duplication, in addition to discussing which privacy oriented use cases should be addressed with priority.

IPEN is building a repository of relevant resources, making its findings and knowledge base accessible to all participants, developers and privacy experts.

A core group takes care of collection and distribution of information, liaises with other relevant initiatives, facilitates the dialogue on engineering solutions, and organises online and offline events.

The first IPEN workshop took place on 26 September 2014 in Berlin.
The workshop was designed to be a practical approach to identify privacy gaps in existing technology and develop useful solutions.

Further information and webcast of the IPEN workshop is available here.


Background and purpose

Privacy regulators and legislators invest considerably in defining and interpreting legal rules for the protection of individuals’ fundamental rights to personal data protection and privacy. Simultaneously however, developers of Internet tools and applications often implement and deploy new data collection and processing mechanisms without proper privacy and data protection safeguards in place.  

This trend increases the risk that the privacy of individuals will not be effectively protected in practice, despite all efforts of data protection authorities and privacy advocates.

One reason for the lack of attention to privacy issues in development is the lack of appropriate tools and best practices. Developers have to deliver quickly in order to minimize time to market and effort, and often will re-use existing components, despite their privacy flaws. There are, unfortunately, few building blocks for privacy friendly applications and services, and security can often be weak as well.

IPEN aims to encourage support groups that work on such building blocks and tools, such as libraries, design patterns, snippets, algorithms, methods and practices, which can be easily usable in real-life use-cases. In addition, results from academic research that are ready for use in practice can be important contributions.

Get involved with IPEN

IPEN has been presented at a number of events and has found support from 'hackers', open source developers, Internet and web engineers, academic industry researchers and developers, as well as, experts in data protection authorities (DPAs).

If you are interested in joining the IPEN mailing list, please subscribe here.