PERISCOPE

Privacy-friendly business models for the platform economy (PERISCOPE)

Since May 2018 the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) obliges owners and operators of platform businesses to identify personal data and to adhere to users’ requests such as deletion of personal data or right to information. The legally compliant implementation of the GDPR poses a challenge to especially small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME), as they often lack the necessary funding to develop and implement technical solutions. This is the background of the project “Privacy-friendly business models for the platform economy (PERISCOPE)”.

The project’s goal is to implement privacy protection for platform businesses according to high European standards, thereby facilitating the legally compliant implementation for SMEs. Therefore, a personal rights management system will be developed, to allow transparency and intervenability. Additionally, the economics and value propositions of data-driven platform business models will be investigated and optimized.

The Goethe-University Frankfurt with the Chair of Information Systems and Information Management under the direction of Prof. Dr. Oliver Hinz is responsible for the subproject “Analysis of organizational structures, economic processes and business model innovation”, accompanied by Lorenz Baum and Björn Hanneke. The Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (IAO) acts as project coordinator and the University of Stuttgart (Institute of Human Factors and Technology Management), the University of Kassel (Department for public law, IT law and environmental law), the IT service provider WidasConcepts GmbH as well as the SaaS-Platform gohobi UG are participating in the project.

The project PERISCOPE is funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research. Further information can be found on the Ministry’s website.

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