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.