Nominees Dutch Privacy Awards 2024 announced!
On 24 January next, the annual Dutch Privacy Awards will be presented at the National Privacy Conference organised by ECP and Privacy First. These Awards offer a podium to organisations that see privacy as an opportunity to distinguish themselves positively and make privacy-friendly business and innovation the norm.
This year, a large number of organisations once again applied with high-quality entries to participate in the Dutch Privacy Awards. After an initial selection and several interviews, the independent expert jury determined the following nominees, in no particular order:
Jetstream is a streaming service that has managed to turn protecting viewers' privacy into a revenue model. The software they have developed is innovative and unique because it does not send advertisers personal data from these viewers, but only anonymised data and data on context of the stream watched. Because there is no need to ask permission for this, and the AI they have developed does make it possible to truly target advertising, this 'contextualised advertisement' ultimately yields even more ad revenue than the usual personalised ads based on individual profiles of viewers.
Furthermore, Jetstream's operations are steeped in privacy awareness. For instance, they have set up their own cloud that is 100% Dutch, employ only EU staff, and the company is fully Dutch-owned. Furthermore, they use no cookies and no trackers in their software. Moreover, the video player they developed themselves does not share any generated data with their customers.
The jury is therefore nominating Jetstream for a Dutch Privacy Award.
BlueGen.ai has developed software for generating synthetic data, a privacy-safe variant of personal data. This synthetic data looks the same, behaves the same, contains the same static properties, patterns and trends, but cannot be traced back to an individual from the original dataset.
The use of synthetic data eliminates the need to work with personal data for analysis, application testing or training Machine Learning models. Pseudonymisation of data with residual risks of traceability becomes unnecessary and the number of privacy breaches and breaches decreases.
All this contributes to better privacy protection and the jury therefore nominates BlueGen for a Dutch Privacy Award.
Privacy Simulation is a game that teaches your colleagues how to handle personal information appropriately in a fun way. They learn how an organisation can guard against data breaches and recognise crisis situations.
It is a tool to raise awareness about privacy in organisations in a playful, interactive and original way with two levels and offers ample opportunities to supplement content and with maturity levels. No automatic click-through questions, like many e-learnings, but real interaction and a beautiful interface. This tool makes strengthening the organisation on privacy attractive and thus contributes to a higher level of privacy in organisations.
The jury therefore nominates Privacy Simulation for a Dutch Privacy Award.
Proofme ID is an innovative and secure platform for digital identification and transactions. The use of blockchain technology contributes to user security and privacy, as data is stored directly on the user's device. This means users retain full control and ownership of their personal information, which is an important aspect in today's digital age.
Proofme ID's functionalities, such as passwordless login, secure signing of files with a personal identity, verifying age without sharing passport data, and risk-free digital identification, make it a versatile tool. These features can significantly help reduce the risks of identity theft and fraud.
Given these features and its focus on user privacy and control, the jury nominates Proofme ID for a Dutch Privacy Award.
Oasys Now has developed a platform on which patients worldwide can participate in clinical trials more safely and quickly. To do so, the very specific requirements to participate in a given trial are linked to genetic data and profiles of patients who want to be considered for participation. This provides huge acceleration for drug development; a quick and good match can make a difference for years. This obviously benefits patients with chronic or rare diseases, but they retain 'ownership' of their own medical personal data and it is their own decision whether or not to participate and for how long. Patients can indicate per trial, in close consultation with their own treating physician, which trial could possibly be useful for them.
Given all this, the jury nominates Oasys Now for a Dutch Privacy Award.
DIVD is an organisation of people who work unpaid to make the internet permanently safer. Many personal data of citizens have been hacked and these are often offered for a lot of money. Individuals on such lists are vulnerable and at daily risk of falling victim to digital crime. If DIVD gets hold of such files, it proactively informs citizens whose confidential information has been hacked, so that they can act in time by changing passwords, for example.
Also for enterprises, DIVD proactively and structurally searches for cyber threats that expose vulnerabilities in organisations. Once such a threat is found, organisations at risk are informed so that measures can be taken.
The jury believes that the drive, the protective nature for all involved and the fact that this is done unpaid to permanently improve the Internet world, is more than enough reason to nominate DIVD for a Dutch Privacy Award.
Public Transport Groningen Drenthe
Public Transport Groningen Drenthe is committed to cooperation between government and transport providers to ensure a social and inclusive transport offer in the region. Effective cooperation requires an understanding of travel needs and travel behaviour of the relevant target groups. Collaboration on personal data is especially sensitive when a vulnerable group is involved, such as Wmo-indexed people.
In collaboration with Roseman Labs, Public Transport Groningen Drenthe has been working to find the best available privacy protection for analysing travel behaviour without access to travellers' personal data from multiple transport organisations. This in an environment where this type of analysis has yet to be used or is limited.
The jury is therefore nominating Public Transport Groningen Drenthe for a Dutch Privacy Award.
The motto of Linksight is 'Share the insight, not the data' and they live up to that. Linksight enables organisations to enter into data collaborations that strongly implement various requirements of the AVG. Uniquely, Linksight combines the use of homomorphic encryption, multi-party computation (MPC) and the governance interface designed by Linksight. In that interface, agreements that partners make with each other in advance and the requirements of the AVG (think of entering into a processing agreement) are technically monitored. If in practice the agreements or legal limits threaten to be violated, the data analysis is aborted. This is a solid safeguard and privacy by design par excellence. Finally, it is also innovative that Linksight itself does not receive any personal data at all from the cooperating parties.
In view of the above, the jury nominates Linksight for a Dutch Privacy Award.
With Databoss Inventive Games has developed a dynamic and strategic privacy card game. Organisations can use Databoss as part of awareness campaigns. The jury rated the game as fun enough to really play and educational enough to actually contribute to privacy awareness.
The jury therefore nominates Databoss from Inventive Games for a Dutch Privacy Award.
Jury Dutch Privacy Awards
The Awards jury consists of independent privacy experts from various sectors, in their personal capacity:
- Jaap van der Wel
IT expert and privacy lawyer, managing partner Comfort Information Architects (jury chairman)
- Magdalena Magala
Specialist coordinator AVG, Tax Office
- Rion Rijker
Privacy and information security expert and IT lawyer, Rijker Advies & Educatie
- Mathieu Paapst
University lecturer in IT law, University of Groningen
- Erik Bruinsma
Lawyer; director of strategy and management consulting, Central Bureau of Statistics
- Mabel de Vries
Data protection officer and senior information security, risk and privacy advisor
- Walter van Wijk
Community manager privacy, Centre for Information Security and Privacy Protection
- Sanne van de Velde
Head of department General Administrative-Legal Affairs, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management
- Koen Versmissen
Owner Expertise Centre Data Ethics.
In the run-up to European Privacy Day, during the National Privacy Conference on 24 January next, all nominated projects will be presented to the public by the entrants. The Dutch Privacy Awards will then be presented in three categories: 1) Consumer Solutions, 2) Corporate Solutions and 3) Non-profit.
Privacy First Foundation organises the Dutch Privacy Awards in association with ECP, with support from Molenaar & Plasman Solutions. Would you also like to become a sponsor or media partner of the Dutch Privacy Awards? Then get in touch with Privacy First!