European Data Protection Supervisor
European Data Protection Supervisor

IPEN - Internet Privacy Engineering Network

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 next IPEN workshop will take place on 15 June 2018, after the ENISA Annual Privacy Forum (APF) in collaboration with the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC - Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya) in Barcelona, Spain.

In November 2017, IPEN organised an event in collaboration with the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF), the Catholic University in Leuven and Carnegie-Mellon University. The event focused on research and development needs in privacy engineering, and its proceedings will be presented at the APF and IPEN-UPC workshops in Barcelona.

More information can be found on the IPEN Wiki.

You may also be interested in the mHealth app contest we are organising in partnership with the Data Protection Authorities of Austria, Ireland and Schleswig-Holstein to promote privacy engineering:


EDPS-IPEN Privacy by Design contest for mobile Health (mHealth) applications


See more:

IPEN Workshop 2018
IPEN Workshop 2017
IPEN Workshop 2016
IPEN Workshop 2015
IPEN Workshop 2014