Privacy Innovation Lab

Istanbul Bilgi University

Privacy Innovation Lab

Advancing privacy innovation to cultivate trust and transparency in digital technologies.

Learning and Sharing

We host tech workshops and learning sessions, and manage the Privacy Engineering Track.

Startup Incubation

We help students from their idea and value proposition design phase to launching their products.

Privacy Innovation

Research and development of privacy engineering technologies and collaborating with privacy tech startups.


FOCUS AREAS


Legal Privacy Landscape

Understanding and improving current Privacy frameworks, guidelines, and relevant legislation.


Modern Technologies and Privacy

Engineering privacy into modern technologies and data lifecycle.


Privacy Tech and Innovation

Collaborate with privacy tech startup landscape to fuel privacy innovation.


Privacy User Experience

Privacy UX Workshops and Privacy UX Benchmark research for best practices.


Surveillance Capitalism

Running public awareness campaigns and and developing tools & products to empower individuals to take total control of their digital rights.

Take a look at what we have accomplished in two months!

60 students from various faculties joined the Privacy Innovation Lab excited for the hybrid activities we are carrying out for over a month now.


Are you ready to explore and understand a new dimension of privacy? If yes, we have something for you! Bilgi University Faculty of Law is launching a unique and very important track called “Privacy Engineering” under its BILGI Information Technology Law Institute Master Program!

Leyla Keser, Dean of Istanbul Bilgi University Faculty of Law


IT Law Masters Program

Privacy Engineering Track & Certificate Program

Privacy Engineering Track

Istanbul Bilgi University Information Law and Technology Institute is launching a new Privacy Engineering Master Track for its masters’ students, in which it will bring professionals from various disciplines to talk about the most pressing privacy issues, develop the necessary technical skills for how to address these real-life problems by using privacy-enhancing technologies, as well as to gain the ability to use advanced impact assessment techniques.

Privacy Engineering is a rising profession focusing on technical applications of privacy solutions and it consists of professionals from different backgrounds who interface with software engineers, legal professionals, UX designers, and product managers to ensure products are built and maintained around privacy by design principles and reasonable expectations of consumers.

The Privacy Engineering Master Track will include courses such as Foundations of Privacy, Ethical Design and Usable Privacy, Privacy Enhancing Technologies, and Usable Digital Security. The main goal of these courses is to equip students with the necessary skills in addressing real-life privacy problems through its hands-on approach so that they can utilize the expertise they have gained as Privacy Engineers in guiding companies that develop consumer-facing products.

Main Responsibilites

Based on actual job postings, some of the main job responsibilities may include;

  • Guide engineering teams during product development to ensure that their data collection and usage practices are transparent, protect user privacy, and mitigate risk. Play a critical role in the product design process and launch cycle.
  • Conduct technical and policy reviews to identify and escalate potential privacy concerns.
  • Lead and manage proactive development of new privacy features and tools.
  • Contribute to product/business strategy and public policy and legal initiatives to address and mitigate privacy risks. Conduct outreach to other employees on Privacy topics.
  • Respond to privacy incidents, if they occur, including collecting information on scope and root cause as well as managing remediation.
  • Code maintenance and review experience in one or more general purpose languages.
  • Understanding of technical privacy issues (cookie management, encryption), and experience with the software development lifecycle.
  • Understanding and history of applying research to real world problems.
  • Patience and negotiation skills with a track record of achieving good user outcomes.
  • Ability to communicate across disciplines (e.g. engineering, legal, policy).

What Makes a Good Privacy Engineer?

Based on actual job postings, some of the main job responsibilities may include;

  • Ability to think out of the box, come up with edge case scenarios, and creativity in prıvacy solutions proposed
  • Ability to identify dark patterns or privacy vulnerabilities and offer privacy patterns to eliminate those patterns (e.g. common Android screen lock patterns [M, L, V shape etc] and creating a blacklist that users can use easily)
  • Ability to think about user accessibility (e.g. captcha for visually impaired)
  • Ability to consider privacy perception of different users (e.g. minority groups may be facing online abuse more and the tools should be fine tuned to account for these differences)
  • Ability to come up with a right set of privacy enhancing technologies for a given use case, as well as knowing their limitations
  • Ability to create and implement privacy policies on various issues (e.g. location policy and how location data is being used by products)
  • Ability to present right amount of information to users about their data processing at the right time in a way that’s meaningful to them

Job Prospects

No clear path to get to these roles but the companies below are actively hiring for privacy engineers with slightly differing job responsibilities;

  • Google
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Apple
  • Duck Duck Go
  • Brave
  • Mozilla

Interested in becoming a partner?

Please reach out to us for any inquiries or lab partnership opportunities.

mertcan.boyar@bilgi.edu.tr

Eski Silahtarağa Elektrik Santralı
Kazım Karabekir Cad. No: 2/13
34060 Eyüpsultan İstanbul