Risks, Rights and Engineering

Progress in the field of “smart” ICT technologies raises questions about how fundamental rights and freedoms, such as the rights to privacy and personal data protection, can be best safeguarded in digital environments.

In Europe, protection of these rights is enshrined in legislation, international declarations, and Court cases taken to, for example, the European Court of Human Rights, as well as by the political and legal institutions of individual countries. Further, the EU has undertaken a systematic move towards protection of these rights through adoption of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR) and the proposed revision of the EU Directive on privacy in the electronic communications sector (e-Privacy Directive).

The researchers in Social Sciences and Humanities involved in CANDID have developed insights into these procedures and are seeking the views of a community of peers with interest or direct expertise in their operation. 

Module 2 – Risks, Rights And Engineering – is now focusing on two procedures introduced by the EU General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR): Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIAs) and Data Protection by Design and by Default (DPbD).