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Ethics, Privacy and Data Protection

Trilateral Research’s Ethics, Privacy and Data protection team leads and contributes to a number of European and international projects on ethics, privacy and data protection. Within this field, our expertise lies in the provision of:

  • Research services relating to ethical impact assessment, privacy (and data protection) impact assessment, privacy certification, big data, privacy by design, ethical and privacy issues in emerging technologies etc.
  • Policy and regulatory advice (e.g. major study for the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) on privacy impact assessment and risk management; study for the European Commission on understanding the socio-economic impact of eight changes in the proposed Data Protection Regulation),
  • Technology assessment (e.g. privacy and data protection issues related to use of civil drones)
  • Stakeholder engagement and dissemination (e.g., event management, speed networking, multi-project symposiums, demonstrations, project websites, social media and publishing).

Our ethics, privacy and data protection consulting services help organisations manage ethical, privacy and data protection risks. These solutions, tailored to the needs of our clients, help them establish effective and reliable ethical, privacy and data protection management that will improve organisational practice and competitive advantage. We offer consulting services on Ethics, Privacy and Data Protection, including:

  • Threshold, Data protection and privacy impact assessment
  • Data protection and privacy strategy
  • Data protection and privacy impact implementation plan, audit and policy.

Trilateral coined the term “ethical impact assessment”, and is a leader in ethical impact assessment methodology. The team has significant experience of providing services related to ethics, privacy and data protection in relation to areas such as security, surveillance, crisis and disaster management, and data science. The Trilateral team’s expertise covers law, politics, science and technology studies, sociology, socio-cultural anthropology, business management and marketing.

Selected Projects

PRIPARE – PReparing Industry to Privacy-by-design by supporting its Application in Research

The mission of the PRIPARE project was to facilitate the application of a privacy and security-by-design methodology to contribute to the advent of unhindered usage of ...

EU Study on Privacy Seals

Trilateral Research undertook a study on privacy seal schemes in collaboration with Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and Intrasoft International SA. The objectives of t...

PHAEDRA I and PHAEDRA II – Improving Practical and Helpful Cooperation Between Data Protection Authorities

PHAEDRA was a two-year project, from 2013-2015. The aim of the project was to help improve co-operation and co-ordination between data protection authorities (DPAs) and...

Privacy and data protection issues related to the use of civil RPAS

In 2014, Trilateral Research  partnered with Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) on a tender contract on the privacy, data protection and ethical issues associated with...

SATORI – Stakeholders Acting Together On the ethical impact assessment of Research and Innovation

SATORI is a 45-month project, comprising 16 partners from 13 countries, including an intergovernmental organisation, the aim of which is to improve respect of ethics pr...

PULSE – Platform for European Medical Support during major emergencies

PULSE was a 30-month project June 2014-October 2016. It carried out a comprehensive study of the procedures, processes and training requirements in the European Health ...

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Selected Publications

Rodrigues, Rowena, David Barnard-Wills, Paul De Hert & Vagelis Papakonstantinou, “The future of privacy certification in Europe: an exploration of options under article 42 of the GDPR”, International Review of Law, Computers & Technology, June 2016, DOI: 10.1080/13600869.2016.1189737

Kroener, Inga, and David Wright, “A strategy for operationalising privacy by design”, The Information Society, Vol. 30, No. 5, 2014, pp. 355-365.

Wright, David, Rachel Finn, Rafael Gellert, Serge Gutwirth, Philip Schütz, Michael Friedewald, Silvia Venier and Emilio Mordini, “Ethical dilemma scenarios and emerging technologies”, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Available online 30 December 2013.

Wright, David, and Michael Friedewald, “Integrating privacy and ethical impact assessment”, Science and Public Policy, Vol. 40, Iss. 6,  December 2013, pp. 755-766.

Wright, David, Ethical Impact Assessment, in J. Britt Holbrook and Carl Mitcham (eds.), Ethics, Science, Technology and Engineering: A Global Resource, 2nd edition, Macmillan Reference, Farmington Hills, MI, USA, 2015.

Finn, Rachel, David Wright and Michael Friedewald, Seven types of privacy, in Serge Gutwirth, Yves Poullet et al. (eds.), European data protection: coming of age?, Springer, Dordrecht, 2013.

Wright, David, and Paul de Hert (eds.), Enforcing Privacy – Regulatory, Legal and Technological Approaches, Springer, Dordrecht, 2016.

Wright, David, and Paul de Hert (eds.), Privacy Impact Assessment, Springer, Dordrecht, 2012.

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