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Methods and tools for GDPR compliance through Privacy and Data Protection Engineering

Project description

Supporting engineers to protect privacy

Ensuring the privacy and protection of personal data is crucial in today’s digital world. However, it’s not an easy task, particularly for software and system engineers who also need to drive technological advancement. In this context, the EU-funded PDP4E project aims to integrate privacy engineering methods into mainstream software tools. Specifically, it will cultivate a community of like-minded professionals through strategic partnerships with engineering communities like Eclipse and IPEN. With plans for an open Alliance for Privacy and Data Protection Engineering to flourish beyond the project's duration, it will harness the power of collective knowledge. To disseminate its findings, PDP4E plans to engage with engineering communities. Also, an open Alliance for Privacy and Data Protection Engineering will be established.


PDP4E is an innovation action that will provide software and system engineers with methods and software tools to systematically apply data protection principles in the projects they carry out, so that the products they create comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), thus bringing the principles of Privacy and Data Protection by Design to practice.
PDP4E will integrate privacy and data protection engineering functionalities into existent, mainstream software tools that are already in use by engineers, focusing on open-source tools that will be integrated in the Eclipse ecosystem, The approach will integrate methods proposed by the privacy engineering community (e.g. LINDDUN, ISO/IEC 27550 Privacy engineering), and the industry of software and system engineering tools (e.g. MUSE, PAPYRUS or OpenCert) using a model driven engineering approach. PDP4E will introduce privacy and data protection into software and system engineering disciplines (Risk Management, Requirements Engineering, Model-Driven Design, and Assurance), which drive the everyday activities of engineers.
Results of PDP4E will be assessed by two demonstration pilots on industries where privacy and data protection are especially relevant, one on C-ITS applications and services (connected vehicle application domain) and one on big data on smart grid (smart grid application domain).
PDP4E will promote its results in engineering communities, as Eclipse (community of software developers) or IPEN (community of stakeholders with an interest on privacy engineering). An open Alliance for Privacy and Data Protection Engineering is planned as a follow-up of the project, building on that community and the synergies among partners.
PDP4E includes 8 partners and has a 36-month duration.

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Net EU contribution
€ 653 378,96
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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 280 019,55

Participants (9)