Quotation Bednar, Kathrin, Spiekermann-Hoff, Sarah, Langheinrich, Marc. 2019. Engineering Privacy by Design: Are engineers ready to live up to the challenge? Information Society. 35 (3), 122-142.




Organizations struggle to comply with legal requirements as well as customers’ calls for better data protection. On the implementation level, incorporation of privacy protections in products and services depends on the commitment of the engineers who design them. We interviewed six senior engineers, who work for globally leading IT corporations and research institutions, to investigate their motivation and ability to comply with privacy regulations. Our findings point to a lack of perceived responsibility, control, autonomy, and frustrations with interactions with the legal world. While we increasingly call on engineers to go beyond functional requirements and be responsive to human values in our increasingly technological society, we may be facing the dilemma of asking engineers to live up to a challenge they are currently not ready to embrace.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Information Society
Citation Index SSCI
WU-Journal-Rating new WH-B
Language English
Title Engineering Privacy by Design: Are engineers ready to live up to the challenge?
Volume 35
Number 3
Year 2019
Page from 122
Page to 142
Reviewed? Y
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/01972243.2019.1583296
Open Access Y


Bednar, Kathrin (Details)
Spiekermann-Hoff, Sarah (Details)
Langheinrich, Marc (Università della Svizzera italiana, Italy)
Institute for Information Systems and Society IN (Details)
Competence Center for Sustainability Transformation and Responsibility WE (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
1108 Informatics (Details)
5300 Economics (Details)
6103 Ethics (Details)
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