About Truessec

TRUESSEC.EU is a CSA on certification and labelling of trustworthiness properties from a multidisciplinary SSH-ICT perspective and with emphasis on human rights.

The current complexity of ICT products and services makes it difficult to appraise their trustworthiness. Thus, certification becomes a must to restore transparency and trust. TRUESSEC.EU aims at exploring the situation, the barriers, and the benefits of security and privacy labels; engaging stakeholders in the discussions, and issuing recommendations that may foster the adoption and acceptance of labels.

With that aim, TRUESSEC.EU works and results are sustained by three pillars:

  • A StakeHolders' Online Platform (SHOP), where associated cluster projects and stakeholders from industry, academia, governments and civil society will gather, participate in debates, get informed, and provide their opinions and feedback on the topics of the project.
  • A series of Support Analysis and Studies (SUPPA) from multidisciplinary perspectives on issues of trustworthiness certification and assurance, to study the situation of trust-enhancing labels, barriers/incentives to industry adoption and consumer acceptance. Information will be gathered from both public sources and the interactions with stakeholders through SHOP. Four different approaches will be applied:
    • Socio-cultural
    • Legal & ethical
    • Technological
    • Business
  • A set of Recommendations on European Trust-Enhancing Labels (ETEL) dealing with: methodological aspects of certification and assurance, a catalogue of criteria for labels and certifications, and regulatory aspects to foster their adoption, plus a strategic agenda. These recommendations reflect the conclusions obtained from the support analysis and from the stakeholders.

The community of stakeholders will nourish, among others, from: (a) members of the consortium partners that are stakeholder networks themselves (DIGICAT, APWG, KTN, AUI), and (b) H2020 RIAs & IAs from the associated cluster.

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Work Packages

  1. Project ManagementDIGICAT
  2. Multi-stakeholders' Platform, community building and iterative assessmentDIGICAT
  3. Sociological and Cultural FactorsUNIGRAZ
  4. Legal and Ethical FactorsCERAPS
  5. Technological FactorsUPM
  6. Business FactorsKTN
  7. Recommendations for Trustworthiness Enhancement LabelsAPWG
  8. Dissemination, Exploitation and CommunicationAPWG

Advisory Board


The Advisory Board was set up in Work Package WP1 “Project Management”, and will be consulted throughout the project duration advising and supporting the project Consortium. These support measures will be upon mutual agreement between the Project Coordinator for TRUESSEC.EU and individual Advisory Board Members.

Advisory Board Members

NameType of OrganisationExpertiseCountry
David Alexander University Disaster Risk UK
Harry Armstrong R&D Organisation Policy UK
Georg Borges University Law DE
Jacques Bus Consultancy Privacy, Identity and Trust in the Digital Environment LU
Laurent Caron Law Firm Data Protection FR
Robert von den Hoven von Genderen Law and Internet Certification NL
Ludmilla Georgieva European Body IT Law and Cybersecurity AT
Tracy Harwood University Consumer Behaviour UK
Laura James Consultancy Knowledge and IT UK
Mar Espana Marti Government Body Data Protection Authority ES
Antonio Ramos SME Security ES
Bruno Rasle Civil Society Protection of Personal Data FR
Reinhard Riedl University E-government expertise CH
Burghard Schaffer University IT and IP Law UK
Maximilian Schubert Internet Service Providers Association The Internet and IT Law AT
Andrea Servida European Body Legislation BE
Dan Sutch University Social Change Through Digital Technology UK
Andrej J. Zwitter University Internal Relations and Law NL

Consortium Partners

catapult digital
https://digital.catapult.org.uk
Universite de lille
http://www.univ-lille2.fr/
APWG European Foundation
https://www.apwg.eu
InnovateUK
https://www.ktn-uk.co.uk
Asociacion de usuarios de internet
http://www.aui.es
Universidad Politecnica de Madrid
http://www.upm.es
Universidad Graz
https://www.uni-graz.at