“Privacy Engineering”

We coined the term “privacy engineering” in order to raise consciousness that more can be done to design privacy in at every point in the development lifecycle.

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Some affirm that “Privacy is not a technology issue”. But it’s an ambiguous and damaging viewpoint that can further distance IT from “the business”. By positioning privacy as being apart from technology, such statements give licence to technologists to ignore their own role in privacy. Privacy most certainly is a technology issue, insofar as it can be impacted in all sorts of ways by IT practitioners. Privacy and IT intersect at a great many points. Technologists need to be alert to their role in minimising privacy impact.

See our Babystep 14, an introduction to privacy engineering, and our presentation to the Australian Information Security Association.

Lockstep Consulting provides privacy engineering services; see About Us – privacy.