The coming proliferation of interconnected physical objects in the Internet of Things (IoT) brings concerns over privacy, and ethical access to and use of personal data to new heights. In this webinar, privacy experts examined the state of privacy protection in the European community and extended their knowledge and considerations to a global view on this issue. Up for discussion will be innovative technical and policy approaches to ethics and privacy, to include:

  • The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by which the European Commission (EC) intends to strengthen and unify data protection for individuals within the European Union (EU), including export of personal data outside the EU. Impacts of new European regulations on other countries will be considered;
  • 3-Dimensional model of fundamental rights for privacy and ethics;
  • Privacy Flag, which is an EC Innovation Action researching and developing methodologies and ICT tools to assess the level of risk for privacy and personal data protection in various domains, such as IoT deployments in smart cities or smart buildings, smartphone applications and websites;
  • F-Interop, an H2020 European research project that aims at researching, developing, and supporting online tests for emerging standards and technologies of the Internet of Things;
  • IoT Lab, a European project researching the potential of crowdsourcing to extend IoT testbed infrastructure for multidisciplinary experiments with more end-user interactions, and finally;
  • Ongoing evolution and trends in personal data protection.


Following to the above concept and/or challenges Mr. Sebastien Ziegler (MI) and Mr. Luca Bolognini (IIP) have both joined the IEEE Webinar via the organization of a Session entitled as “European Approach to IoT, Privacy, and ethics, with a Global View”. There was a Remote presentation of the Privacy Flag Project as well as of the GDPR.

More information about this action can be found at:

Figure 1: Privacy Flag presentation at IEEE Webinar (June 2016).