11. Security

Joint action ensures people's informational self-determination

Desirable Future

The digital space will be made as secure as possible through joint action by business, government and citizens. There are few violations of existing law, as the infrastructure is technically and legally up-to-date and misconduct is effectively prosecuted. The informational self-determination of citizens is the guiding principle for the handling of data. Users know who has collected which data about them and can have them released or deleted as required. This data sovereignty is supported, monitored and made accessible by government agencies, companies, consumer protection groups, educational institutions and civil society. Children and adolescents are - as in analog space - under special protection.

There is clarity as to who may invade the privacy of other people under what conditions: security authorities by court order, companies only with full transparency as to the conditions and with the consent of the users. [References: 1. Work & Economy, 6. Health, 12. Politics & Administration]

Specific Projects

Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik

The central IT security service provider of the federal government of Germany.


The info portal for more security on smartphones and tablets.


Committed to fundamental rights, privacy, and a liveable world in the digital era.


Point of contact for information on internet fraud, fake news and computer security.

Medien Sicher

Provides digital life insight for students, parents, and teachers.

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Recommendations for Action

  • Policy: Setting and enforcing rules in line with the current requirements. Promoting transparency and competence.
  • Companies: Secure data protection and data sovereignty.
  • Individuals: Increase digital security competencies.

Suitable Indicators

  • Percentage of people who have experienced security incidents online in the last 3 months: DE 15% (2015; NL 9%)
  • Share of internet users managing online access to their personal information: DE 72% (2016; FI 82%).
  • Do you feel that you have control over your data in digital space, or that someone else has control? 0 someone else has control, 10 I have full control.

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Key Statements (German)

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