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  title: Privacy by Design Foundation
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  nl: /
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  title: Privacy by Design
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  url: /about/
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  text: The Privacy by Design Foundation creates and maintains free open source software that primarily focuses on the privacy of the user. The most important project of the foundation is the identity platform IRMA, an acronym for <em>I Reveal my Attributes</em>.
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  title: IRMA
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  text: With IRMA you can reliably disclose relevant properties (attributes, such as "older than 18") of yourself to others. IRMA makes you <em>self-sovereign</em>&#58; you manage these attributes yourself in the IRMA app, on your own phone.
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  title: IRMA wins Privacy Award
  url: https://privacyfirst.nl/solutions/evenementen/item/1104-winnaars-nederlandse-privacy-awards-2018.html
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  text: IRMA has won the Dutch Privacy Award 2018. The jury commends the privacy by design, the large innovative potential, and the potential social impact of IRMA.
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### Privacy by Design Foundation

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The Privacy by Design foundation was set-up in 2016. It arose from the
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[Digital Security](http://www.ru.nl/ds/) research group of the Radboud
University and from the Privacy and Identity Lab
[PI.lab](http://www.pilab.nl).  The foundation is an independent
non-profit spin-off.
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The foundation primarily works on its own identity platfrom
[IRMA](/irma-en) for privacy-friendly attribute-based
authentication, based on freely available open source software.
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The foundation has two important operational roles in IRMA:

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1. Development and supporting the IRMA
[software](https://credentials.github.io/).

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2. Supporting infrastructure for issuing attributes.

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The foundation welcomes collaboration with others to get IRMA up and
running.  Pilots are now being prepared with the help of a number of
other parties, among which:
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 * The [Radboud University](https://www.ru.nl/english/), for (strong)
   authentication of student and employees and for digital signing of,
   e.g., examination grades.
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 * [SURFnet](https://www.surf.nl/en/services-and-products/surfconext/index.html),
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   for issuing and verifying of attributes through SURFconext.
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 * [Alliander](http://www.alliander.nl), for authentication and
   signing within the context of `smart' homes. In addition, the
   foundation is structurally supported by Alliander.
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The foundation receives external funding via the following projects.

 * *Connecting (with) IRMA* (2018), via the [SIDNfonds](https://www.sidnfonds.nl/projecten), see in particular this [project page](https://www.sidnfonds.nl/projecten/connecting-with-irma).

 * *Citizen Science* (2018-2020), via the European Regional
    Development Fund [ERDF](http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/en/funding/erdf/); see the [ERDF projecten in the province of Gelderland](https://www.europaomdehoek.nl/projecten/?radius=&projectProvince[]=Gelderland).


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