Technical innovations and new regulations lead to permanent changes in the IT landscape. Society, politics, and the economy are expected to adapt quickly to these new conditions. The EU project PANELFIT has contributed to shaping these adaptation processes in such a way that innovation potentials can be used without restrictions on fundamental rights and security. ITA was mainly responsible for the topic area of security and cyber security.
PANELFIT (Participatory Approaches to a New Ethical and Legal Framework for ICT) supports adaptation processes to new technical possibilities and legal frameworks with a set of freely accessible guidelines. These guidelines are intended to serve as operational rules to reduce ethical and legal problems posed by information and communication technologies while fostering innovation and market growth. These guidelines were developed in a comprehensive, participatory co-creation process.
The commercialisation of data is constantly increasing and benefits from ambiguities about the regulation of such activities. A careless approach to the principle of informed consent to data processing is a worrying practice, leading among other things, to a widespread loss of control over one's own data. Security breaches open up access to the sensitive personal data of thousands and thousands of EU citizens. PANELFIT has focused its work mainly on these three issues. PANELFIT's findings offer assistance in enforcing existing legal regulations, discussing the need for adaptation, and identifying regulatory gaps.
This EU project is coordinated by the Universidad del Pais Vasco (UPV) and comprises twelve other European partner institutions from the fields of technology assessment, university and academic research, IT consulting, citizen science, research ethics, data protection, media and consulting.