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Privacy Enhancing Technologies: Evolution and State of the Art

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This document provides recommendations on how to build and maintain an online community for PETs maturity assessments, which is assisted by ENISA’s tool. The presented community development approach seeks to guide developers and to empower individuals and groups of people with the set of skills they need to actively participate in the PETs assessments process.

Download the report: https://www.enisa.europa.eu/publications/pets-evolution-and-state-of-the-art

Since 2014, ENISA, with its partners, conducts a wide spectrum of studies related to privacy and data protection
by design. A key aspect of this work was to engage a wide spectrum of communities. Academia (legal
and technology experts), regulatory authorities (DPAs), policy makers (mainly European Commission),
and industry contributed to these reports and projects.

While these studies’ target audience are policy makers and developers, we presented these results to the
global research community for validation. One of the main outcomes of these studies is a comprehensive
methodology for Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs) maturity assessment. In this particular study, the
authors have identified that development of ICT tools that support the PET assessment process (referred
to as (PETs) assessment tool) by gathering information on indicators and guide experts and the assessor
through the assessment process is essential for the creation of a functioning community of contributors. In
April 2016, ENISA initiated a project focused on providing such tools. As its main result, in September 2016
a prototype of the online PETs maturity assessment tool was presented to the public. This online tool is a
direct continuation of ENISA studies and is providing an IT service (in a form of web application) that facilitates
the formation of an expert community, which can perform technology maturity assessments. The
tool supports the publication of the assessment results in a structured and searchable fashion. However, to
evaluate and update the maturity assessment methodology, a wide community of active users is needed.
In the reminder of the document we will refer to the collection of finished assessments as (PETs) maturity
repository, and the assessment tool, repository, and its users as (PETs) maturity platform.

This *document provides recommendations on how to build and maintain an online community for PETs
maturity assessments*, which is assisted by ENISA’s tool. The presented community development approach
seeks to guide developers and to empower individuals and groups of people with the set of skills they need
to actively participate in the PETs assessments process. It presents four key areas which should be taken
into account while developing the community: hosting and maintenance, dissemination and promotion,
content generation and trust building, and continuous improvement. Each of these is discussed briefly, followed
by a short review on the current state of this initiative.


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