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title: About the foundation
meta_title: About the foundation
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teaser: The Privacy by Design Foundation in general aims to improve the development and the use of open, privacy-friendly and secure software.
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  title: Privacy by Design Foundation
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permalink: /about/
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language: en
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  nl: /over
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More in particular, the foundation focuses on the development, roll
out, and actual usage of its own system [IRMA](/irma-en), an
abbreviation of *I Reveal My Attributes*. With IRMA people can prove
in a privacy-friendly and secure manner various personal properties
(attributes) about themselves (such as: I'm older than 18), without
revealing any other non-relevant information.
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In addition, IRMA allows its users to create attribute-based digital
signature, see [IRMA](/irma-explanation) for more information.
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### Reporting
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The first year report, including an overview of activities and a
financial report, can be found below. As the foundation was established
at the end of 2016 this report includes not only 2017 but also the last
months of 2016.

* [Year report of 2017 and end of 2016 (in Dutch)](/pdf/jaarverslag-2017.pdf)