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Forum Privatheit um 21 Monate verlängert

Nach erfolgreichen 3 1/4 Jahren endet am 31.3.,2017 die erste Phase des Forums Privatheit und selbstbestimmtes Leben in der digitalen Welt. Die Arbeiten werden aber zumindest bis Ende 2018 in einer zweiten Förderphase fortgesetzt.

Das „Forum Privatheit II“ umfasst neben den bisherigen Mitarbeitern auch das Fachgebiet Sozialpsychologie an der Universität Duisburg-Essen (Prof. Dr. Nicole Krämer).

Im Fokus stehen diesmal vier thematische Schwerpunkte: Privatheit im Kontext von Regulierung der digitalen Welt, Verbraucherverhältnisse und Geschäftsmodelle in der Datenökonomie , Soziale In-/Exklusion sowie Gestaltung von technischem und gesellschaftlichem Wandel.

Die interdisziplinäre Bearbeitung dieser vier Themen führt zu einem besseren Verständnis darüber, wie gewandelte Vorstellungen zum Umgang mit personenbezogenen Daten das Datenschutz- recht beeinflussen. Auch die andere Seite wird betrachtet: Inwiefern verändern neue gesetzliche Datenschutzregeln die Erwartungen der Nutzerinnen und Nutzer an den Umgang mit personenbezogen Daten und die Datenschutzpraktiken? Gleichermaßen ermöglichen die Arbeiten des Privacy-Forums vertiefte Einblicke in neuartige, durch die Digitalisierung angestoßene Wertschöpfungsprozesse und die damit einhergehen- den Veränderungen der sozialen Machtstrukturen in der datengetriebenen Wirtschaft. Auf dieser Basis erarbeitet das Forum Empfehlungen zur technisch, organisatorisch und rechtlich wünschenswerten Gestaltung digitaler Technologien.

Book on „Security, Privacy and Surveillance“ published

Surveillance, Privacy and Security: Citizens‘ Perspectives (PRIO New Security Studies)

edited by Michael Friedewald , J Peter Burgess , Johann Čas, Rocco Bellanova , Walter Peissl 

Routledge 2017, ISBN978-1138649248, 272 pages

This volume examines the relationship between privacy, surveillance and security, and the alleged privacy-security trade-off, focusing on the citizen’s perspective. It is based on talks given at the joint conference of the PRISMS, SurPRISE and PACT FP7 projects held in Vienna in November 2015.

Recent revelations of mass surveillance programmes clearly demonstrate the ever-increasing capabilities of surveillance technologies. The lack of serious reactions to these activities shows that the political will to implement them appears to be an unbroken trend. The resulting move into a surveillance society is, however, contested for many reasons. Are the resulting infringements of privacy and other human rights compatible with democratic societies? Is security necessarily depending on surveillance? Are there alternative ways to frame security? Is it possible to gain in security by giving up civil liberties, or is it even necessary to do so, and do citizens adopt this trade-off? This volume contributes to a better and deeper understanding of the relation between privacy, surveillance and security, comprising in-depth investigations and studies of the common narrative that more security can only come at the expense of sacrifice of privacy. The book combines theoretical research with a wide range of empirical studies focusing on the citizen’s perspective. It presents empirical research exploring factors and criteria relevant for the assessment of surveillance technologies. The book also deals with the governance of surveillance technologies. New approaches and instruments for the regulation of security technologies and measures are presented, and recommendations for security policies in line with ethics and fundamental rights are discussed.

Apart from the hardcover edition, there is also an e-book that is available via green way open access.

CPDP Panel des Forum Privatheit zu „Conversational Agents“

Das Forum Privatheit und selbstbestimmtes Leben in der digitalen Welt hat bei der jährlichen Konferenz „Computer, Privacy and Data Protection“ (CPDP 2017) eine Paneldiskussion zum Thema „CONVERSATIONAL AGENTS: A THREAT TO PRIVACY?“ organisiert.

Vortragende waren Hamza Harkous, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (CH), Ewa Luger, Design Informatics Group, University of Edinburgh (UK), Astrid Rosenthal-van der Pütten, University of Duisburg-Essen (DE), Michael Schlüter, GfK (UK), Moderator:  Max Braun, University of Hohenheim (DE)


„Seven types of Privacy“ discussed at CPDP 2017

At this year’s Conference „Computers, Privacy and Data Protection“ (CPDP 2017), I discussed typologies of privacy in a panel organised by Bart-Japp Koops.

Revisited work done in the PRESCIENT project some time ago and made clear that typologies are not an end in themselves but are useful instruments to structure the thinking about social phenomena and therefore need to be updated regularly.

VideoPresentation slides (2017) and Original Paper authored together with Rachel Finn and David Wright (2013)


e-Sides project is starting officially in January 2017

The e-Sides-project, a coordination and support action in the field of privacy-preserving big data technologies is starting officially on 19 January 2017 with a kick-off-meeting in Luxembourg. The kick-off meeting is co-located with the Information and Networking Days on Horizon 2020 Big Data PPP’s which is taking place on 17 and 18 January 2017. e-Sides will complement the research on privacy-preserving big data technologies, by analysing, mapping and clearly identifying the main societal and ethical challenges emerging from the adoption of big data technologies, conforming to the principles of responsible research and innovation; setting up and organizing a sustainable dialogue between industry, research and social actors, as well as networking with the main Research and Innovation Actions and Large Scale Pilots and other framework programme projects interested in these issues.

Just published: Smart Technologies – Workshop on Challenges and Trends for Privacy in a Hyper-connected World

Baur-Ahrens, A.; Bieker, F.; Friedewald, M. et al. (2016): Smart Technologies – Workshop on Challenges and Trends for Privacy in a Hyper-connected World. In: Aspinall, D.; Camenisch, J. et al. (Hrsg.): Privacy and Identity 2015, IFIP AICT, vol. 476. Cham: Springer, S. 111-128.

In this workshop we addressed what it means to live in a smart world with particular regard to privacy. Together with the audience, we discussed the impacts of smart devices on individuals and society. The workshop was therefore interdisciplinary by design and brought together different perspectives including technology, data protection and law, ethics and regulation. In four presentations, a range of issues, trends and challenges stemming from smart devices in general and smart cars in particular – as one example of an emerging and extensive smart technology – were raised. In the discussion, it became clear that privacy and its implementation are at the core of the relationship between users on the one side and smart appliances as well as the technical systems and companies behind them on the other and that there is an ongoing need to broaden the understanding of privacy in the direction of a social and collective value.