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.
We founded the IPEN initiative in 2014 to promote and advance the state-of-the-art of privacy engineering. It supports engineers 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 regulators, academia, open source and business development, and other individuals who are committed to finding engineering solutions to privacy challenges. The overall objective is to integrate data protection and privacy into all phases of the development process, from the requirements phase to production, as most appropriate depending on the development model and the application environment.
It supports networking between engineer groups and existing initiatives for engineering privacy into the internet. The 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 provides a repository of relevant resources on the IPEN Wiki., 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 next IPEN workshop will take place on Data Protection Day, 28 January 2019, in Brussels, in connection to other events such as Privacy Camp and the Computers, Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP) conference.
Save the date: We are also planning a full-day workshop in Rome on 12 June 2019, the day before the ENISA Annual Privacy Forum 2019, for which you may already want to block your calendar!