EU privacy by design project to boost GDPR compliance

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A new project which aims to help software engineers to incorporate "privacy by design" into all of their applications to comply with GDPR and other international privacy laws has been boosted by a deal with CA Technologies - one of the largest software companies in the world - which has thrown its weight behind the initiative.

The company is one of eight technology partners - from Belgium, Germany, Spain and France - that will shape the Privacy & Data Protection for Engineers (PDP4E) project, which is being funded by the European Union H2020 Research and Innovation Programme.

CA Technologies insists that privacy by design is vital to the future of the software industry, arguing that regulation often provides only abstract guidance which means software engineers struggle with translating its goals into development specifics, while data privacy specialists lack the mechanisms to implement and validate compliance.

The company will be looking at the market requirements for privacy by design in the context of GDPR in an effort to ensure that resulting tools and methodologies are aligned to what the market needs.

It will also develop a risk management tool to identify, assess, and mitigate both data protection and privacy risks.

CA Technologies vice president of strategic research Victor Muntés said: “With the advent of GDPR, organisations will have to prove they are protecting data in the best possible way. As the pace of software development accelerates, the PDP4E research will help innovate new ways for privacy by design to be built into the development of new applications and help to comply with the GDPR and other global requirements.”