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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 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 second IPEN Workshop took place in Leuven (Belgium) on the 5th of June 2015.

After the success of our first workshop, we wanted to follow up on the experience and keep working in our mission of connecting the different players in the data protection field.


  • 19 November 2015
    Finishing line in sight for the GDPR: the devil is in the details, W. Wiewiórowski, Assistant EDPS, in the panel debate with Jan Philipp Albrecht, MEP. Watch the video.
  • 19 November 2015

    EDPS encourages a new debate on Big Data. Read our Opinion and the press release.

  • 17 November 2015
    We are in mourning for the victims and families of the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris. These attacks are against us all and we stand united.
  • 13 November 2015

    Finishing line in sight for the GDPR: the devil is in the details
    – W. Wiewiórowski in the live panel debate at 11:00 CET on 13 November 2015. Watch the web streaming.
  • 28 October 2015

    A further step towards comprehensive EU data protection: EDPS recommendations for the police and justice sectors. See our press release and our Opinion.

  • 26 November 2015
    The Industrial Internet Era, Brussels, Belgium, Wojciech Wiewiórowski takes part in panel Cybersecurity, Privacy and the Industrial IoT
  • 17 November 2015
  • 10 November 2015

    Information Security Solutions Europe Conference, Berlin, Germany, ...

  • 05 November 2015

    DPO meeting
    hosted by ENISA, Athens, Greece, Giovanni Buttarelli and Wojciech Wiewiórowski participate in ...
  • 26 October 2015

    37th International Privacy Conference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Giovanni Buttarelli and Wojciech Wiewiórowski attend ...

  • 16 October 2015

    The Borderline Between Cybersecurity and Individual Freedoms, 7th Semi-Annual ENAM Conference, Vilnius, Lithuania, keynote speech by Giovanni Buttarelli