Winners of the IIR National Privacy Innovation Award 2015 have been announcedFriday, September 18, 2015
Today the IIR National Privacy Innovation Awards were handed out to firms and organizations fighting for privacy within their company and/or firms that offer privacy friendly solutions. From a substantial number of submissions, five firms were nominated and two winners were selected. Privacy search engine Ixquick.com won both the consumers solutions award as well as the public vote. Privacy Perfect won in the business solutions category. Whitebox Systems won the startup encouragement prize.
IIR National Privacy Innovation Awards
The IIR National Privacy Innovation Awards are awarded to governments, firms and organizations that positively distinguish themselves by applying privacy friendly services or applications within the company. There are four categories in which registrations can be nominated:
The first step consisted of screening applicants on the way the following issues are being handled:
Subsequently nominated participants were screened on matters such as innovative power, technological originality, business model, scalability of solution, type of implementation, and contribution to Netherlands Privacy Guideland (Nederland Privacy Gidsland).
Jury of the IIR National Privacy Innovation Awards
The jury consists of the following members:
From the applicants the following companies were nominated:
Winners IIR National Privacy Innovation Awards 2015
The Awards were handed out on the annual National Congress Dataprotection & Privacy by the well-known trainings- and seminar organization IRR at the Westcord Fashion Hotel Amsterdam. More than 80 participants attended.
The winners are important forerunners in a new industry in which the Netherlands can become an international Privacy Guideland. Where pollution is a negative side effect of the industrial revolution, privacy violations are a negative side effect of the information revolution said Bas Filippini, chairman of the jury.
Ixquick is a profitable company, with a privacy friendly and anonymous search engine on which millions of search queries are already being performed, primarily in the United States and Germany. The company will also start with an anonymous email service that doesnt store and analyze messages. It functions like the Internet Post office of tomorrow.
Privacy Perfect excellently responds tot his trend by making privacy impact scans easier to perform, and by improving privacy measures within organizations. Fast and effective insights on data information management can be gathered through the customer friendly software dashboard. A fine solution that could also catch on internationally.
Finally, we have awarded Whitebox Systems the start-up encouragement prize, because they focus on medical confidentiality, and are already being used by a number of general practitioners. It would benefit the entire health care system to take a good look at this company, instead of at the current central and IT oriented Dutch health care provider platform LSP, said Filippini.
Ixquick.com and Startpage.com are privacy search engines that provide highly relevant search results to its users in the best possible privacy. Ixquick was the first to receive the EuroPriSe - European Privacy Seal in 2008. It is the only 3rd-party certified search engine. Its privacy practices are widely considered the best in the business.