The Institute has a long tradition in privacy research and some major third-party funded projects are currently conducted in this domain; including the SPECIAL project and the Privacy & US Project. The Institute also co-founded the Privacy & Sustainable Computing Lab that is headed by Dr. Ben Wagner and is co-operating with many Institutes inside and outside WU to strengthen this area of research. Professor Spiekermann in particular has worked on Privacy Impact Assessments and Privacy by Design in the past.
Privacy by Design work also included intense reflections of the design of personal data markets and a co-operation with activist Wolfie Christl that led to the joint book on “Networks of Control”
•Oetzel, M. and S. Spiekermann (2013). "Privacy-By-Design through systematic privacy impact assessment – presentation of a methodology." European Journal of Information Systems 23(2): 126-150
•Spiekermann, S. and A. Novotny (2015). "A vision for global privacy bridges: Technical and legal measures for international data markets." Computer Law and Security Review 31(2): 181-200
•Spiekermann, S. (2012). "The Challenges of Privacy by Design." Communications of the ACM 55(7)
•Spiekermann, S., Böhme R., Acquisti, A., Hui, K. (2015) , “The Challenges of Personal Data Markets and Privacy”, Electronic Markets, Vol. 25 (2), pp. 161 – 167