SIOC: Consumer Behavior Survey

For the research project SIOC, a survey was conducted on consumer behavior when buying online. For example, one of the 18 questions was how often one uses online commerce and how important it is for one to get the goods ordered as quickly as possible. For each participating PIN employee, the research project donated to charity programs 5 euros for each completed survey and the employees were allowed to decide whether the donation goes to Ronald Mc Donald or the Charité Centrum. The aim of the action was to reach 100 participants in order to receive representative survey results for the evaluation. In the end, 111 PIN employees took part in the survey and the donation was distributed as follows:
Ronald Mc Donald: (57%) 285 €
Charité Centrum: (43%) 215 €
The insights from the survey will be used to improve the outcomes of the research project.

SIOC: Presentations at SICHERHEIT 2018

On April 25th, 2018 two publications from the SIOC project were presented by Dr. Sebastian Pape (Goethe University Frankfurt) in Konstanz at the conference SICHERHEIT 2018, organized annually by the Security, Protection and Reliability branch of the German Society for Informatics.

The first contribution (“Towards an Architecture for Pseudonymous E-Commerce – Applying Privacy by Design to Online Shopping”) dealt with the specification of the technical architecture for an e-commerce solution. The work is based upon the results of a close cooperation within the project consortium, especially between Goethe University Frankfurt and the University of Applied Sciences Zittau/Görlitz. Learn more.

The second contribution (“Anreize und Hemmnisse für die Implementierung von Privacy-Enhancing Technologies im Unternehmenskontext”) investigated potential incentives for businesses to elevate the privacy and data security level of end users through the implementation of privacy-enhancing technologies. The work originates from the analysis of qualitative expert interviews conducted and assessed as part of the project. Learn more.


SIOC: Exhibition on IT security in Berlin

From February 14 to 16, 2017, the consortium presented the Self-Protection in Online Commerce (SIOC) project at the IT Security Exhibition of the BMBF. The exhibition was held in Cafe Moscow in Berlin. The SIOC project develops a solution in which consistently anonymous shopping in the Internet with payment and delivery is made possible. The aim of the project is to increase the self-protection of online purchases, so that buyers can sign up and shop anonymously in an online store. The data required to carry out the purchase are provided only to the executing parties such as payment and logistics service providers reponsible for processing the order and are not available to thirdparties. With the help of the exhibition, the concepts and innovative solutions were presented to a broad public.



SIOC: Consortium meeting in Freiburg


„Progress without change is impossible!“

On 25 and 26 August 2016, the second SIOC project meeting took place in Freiburg, at the consortium partner OXID eSales.
In the meeting, concepts and existing solutions for self-data protection in online commerce were further developed. Through input, experience and expertise of the partners, the overall workframe of privacy, legal compliance and transparency was presented and analyzed more efficiently.



SIOC: Kick-Off Meeting – the BMBF promotes online privacy

Internet shopping is gaining more and more market share and now many users are thinking about the data that is being generated. The SIOC (Self-Protection in Online Commerce) project started successfully in April 2016 with an innovative concept. As part of the research program “Privacy: self-determined in the digital world”, the Federal Ministry of Research is funding novel models and developments to support data privacy. Overall, the project will be funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research with approx. 1.9 million euro.

As part of the SIOC project, a solution is being developed in which anonymous online shopping, including payment and delivery is made possible. The project partners have the common goal of giving the online customers trade control over their personal data. Further information on the topic can be found here.