Today the results of the “DATENSCHUTZscanner” (German: privacy scanner) were published in the Handelsblatt. The DATENSCHUTZscanner is a so called “privacy bot” that reads and interprets complicated and lengthy privacy policies on behalf of consumers. Thereby it increases transparency and control with respect to privacy issues. Technically the DATENSCHUTZscanner uses an automatic text-analysis-process (natural language processing) and allows to asses a large number of privacy policies in a short amount of time. The results are evaluated with respect to 30 distinct privacy practices. For using the DATENSCHUTZscanner consumers are not expected to hold any specific technical or legal knowledge.
ConPolicy-director Prof. Dr. Christian Thorun and project manager Dr. Sara Elisa Kettner were involved in the project on behalf of Quadriga University of Applied Sciences. The project was funded from 2016 until 2018 by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research with approx. 2 Mio. Euros. Project partners were Self-Regulation Information Economy (Selbstregulierung Informationswirtschaft e.V.), Institute for Applied Informatics (Institut für Angewandte Informatik) and mediaTest digital.