Designing Privacy In: Setting the Research Agenda

CRISP Privacy by Design 30 March 2015 Report on a workshop held by the Centre for Research into Information, Surveillance and Privacy at the Open University

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This report presents an overview of the development of an emerging research agenda, facilitated by the Centre for Research into Information, Surveillance and Privacy (CRISP) and funded by NEMODE +. The agenda explores the theme of how privacy can be designed into organizational processes and technologies. The report is titled ‘Designing Privacy In: Setting the Research Agenda’. It captures the activities initiated by CRISP in order to identify key research issues and sets out a future research agenda. The report is therefore both a record of activity and a statement of research potential.
The report provides a brief summary of two main research activities: (1) a research workshop held in London in November 2014 and including participants from academia, practice and civil society, and (2) an expert panel session of the Computers, Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP) Conference, Europe’s leading conference for data protection experts, held in Brussels in January 2015. Both activities were facilitated and delivered by CRISP. These activities have produced a number of direct outputs, including a series of presentations, engagement and discussion with practitioners, experts and civil society, and two short films. The overall outcome is a recognition and definition of an emergent research agenda around the commercial feasibility of privacy by design, relevant to both academia and practice.
From the outset, it is important to acknowledge the support given to CRISP to help facilitate the activities discussed in this report. The workshop hosted by CRISP Open University in London on 19 November 2014 was supported financially by the RCUK/EPSRC funded NEMODE (New Economic Models in the Digital economy) ‘network plus’ research programme1, and the expert panel session at the 2015 CPDP conference in Brussels was supported financially by CPDP2. The CRISP Directors would also like to thank all the experts who gave up their time to participate in this intellectual endeavour.
The report has three main sections. Following the introduction, Section 2 sets out the research objectives. Section 3 presents the research activity associated with the London workshop and Section 4 that associated with the expert CPDP panel in Brussels. Section 5 sets out a series of research outcomes, including the emergent research agenda. Following this are a number of annexes capturing information relevant to the research activities, and in particular copies of slides used during the workshop and expert panel.