Privacy and Usability

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Type Research Project

Funding Bodies
  • EU Horizon 2020

Duration Dec. 1, 2015 - Aug. 31, 2020
  • Institute for Information Systems and Society IN (Details)


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  • Kirrane, Sabrina (Details) Project Head
  • Spiekermann-Hoff, Sarah (Details) Project Head
  • Wagner, Benjamin (Former researcher) Project Head

Abstract (English)

With the rapid accumulation and processing of personal data by numerous organizations, it is of paramount importance to protect people from adverse uses of their data, while allowing them to enjoy the benefits the use of these data can possibly provide. This is the question of protecting citizens’ privacy, while enabling them to make informed decisions regarding their actions with privacy implications.

The Privacy & Us Innovative Training Network (ITN) will train thirteen creative, entrepreneurial and innovative early stage researchers (ESRs) to be able to reason, design and develop novel solutions to questions related to the protection of citizens’ privacy, considering the multidisciplinary and inter-sectoral aspects of the issue. ESRs will be trained to face both current and future challenges in the area of privacy and usability. Privacy & Us offers a combination of research-related and transferable competence skills that will enhance the career perspectives of the ESRs in both the academic and non-academic sectors.

The ESRs will receive comprehensive training and engage in inter-sectoral and multidisciplinary collaboration. Through this collaborative effort, the project will make a significant contribution and impact to the ESRs future careers. It will also contribute to shaping future privacy policies and practices in Europe and will significantly advance the state of the art in privacy and usability research


  • Karlstads Universitet - Sweden
  • Commission of the European Communities - European Union
  • Goethe University Frankfurt am Main - Germany
  • Tel Aviv University - Israel
  • University College London - United Kingdom



  • 1109 Information and data processing (Details)
  • 2555 Human-computer interaction (Details)
  • 2947 Information technology (Details)
  • 1108 Informatics (Details)