Fraunhofer Institute for
Systems and Innovation Research ISI

Privacy and Trust in the Ubiquitous Information Society

The overall objective of the study was to provide information helping to develop and assess policy options on EU level in order to address existing or emerging challenges to effective data protection, privacy and trust resulting from the development towards the ubiquitous information society. The study provides information on the following aspects:

  • Overview and analysis of existing research and publications on possible effects of more ambient ICT use on privacy and trust,

  • Identification of challenges for privacy and data protection and for trust and confidence,

  • Description and assessment of possible responses,

  • Options for a policy response on EU level,

The study provides input for the development of a set of EU level measures responding to the challenges raised with respect to privacy and trust in the ubiquitous information society, based on an assessment of all available instruments: social dialogue, fostering technical development, international cooperation and ensuring a regulatory framework enabling citizens, businesses and public entities to achieve the maximum of the potential benefits.


Completed project (01/2008 – 12/2008)


European Commission, DG Information Society and Media, Unit B1


  • Trilateral Research and Consulting London, UK

  • Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, CH

  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Research group on Law Science Technology & Society, BE


Wright, D.; Gutwirth, S.; Friedewald, M. et al. (2009): Privacy, trust and policy-making: Challenges and responses. In: Computer Law and Security Review 25, Nr. 1, S. 69-83.

Friedewald, M.; Wright, D.; Gutwirth, S. et al. (2009). Privacy and Trust in the Ubiquitous Information Society: Analysis of the impact of convergent and pervasive ICT on privacy and data protection and needs and options for development of the legal framework. Unpublished final Report for the European Commission. Karlsruhe: Fraunhofer ISI.