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TRAPEZE - TRAnsparency, Privacy and security for European citiZEns

Project description

New technologies can help protect data flows

Data is an essential resource for economic growth, competitiveness, innovation, job creation and societal progress in general. Common European data spaces will ensure that more data becomes available for use in the economy and society, while keeping companies and individuals who generate the data in control. The EU-funded TRAPEZE project will develop technologies to empower citizens to actively contribute to the cyber resilience of the common European data space. It will provide the public with the necessary tools and information to manage their security and privacy. It will also create technologies to enforce the integrity and non-repudiation of citizens’ data usage policies and processing across data sources. Overall, the project will carve out a path to put cutting-edge technologies like blockchain and linked data to practical use.


The TRAPEZE project aims to drive a cultural shift in the protection of the European data economy by weaving trust into its very foundation and reconstructing the concepts of control, transparency, and compliance through technical and methodological, citizen-first, innovations. Driven by the needs of three distinct real-world use cases, TRAPEZE brings together over a decade worth of EU-funded research in security and privacy, as well as proprietary solutions and know-how, towards realistic and marketable solutions. We will develop technologies which: (i) empower citizens with the necessary tools and know-how to manage their security and privacy and actively contribute to the cyber resilience of the common European data space; (ii) enforce the integrity and nonrepudiation of citizens’ data usage policies and processing across data sources and controllers’ borders; (iii) dynamically acquire citizens’ consent and adjust their data policies in real time in response to their changing circumstances; (iv) protect citizens’ online communications and applications running on their personal devices against malicious agents; and (v) provide citizens, as well as other relevant stakeholders (including controllers, CERTs/CSIRTs, and data protection authorities) with a comprehensible overview of transborder data lineage and flows, as well as proof of legal compliance, even in big data environments. By relying on Linked Data and Blockchain, TRAPEZE will lead the way in putting the often-misplaced cutting-edge technologies to practical use and become a lighthouse for European and global initiatives aiming to deliver privacy-aware innovations. Finally, to ensure citizens of all groups can have an active role in the protection of their data flows, TRAPEZE will place a special emphasis on usability and co-production, involving European citizens directly in the development of its security- and privacy-enhancing technologies.

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Net EU contribution
€ 649 250,00
3000 Leuven

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Vlaams Gewest Prov. Vlaams-Brabant Arr. Leuven
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Total cost
€ 927 500,00

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