CITADEL stands for “empowering citizens to transform European public administrations” and aims at improving public service provision on the basis of more and better innovation, greater efficiency and productivity through the use of ICT enablers. We take care of legal challenges, relating to the protection of personal data, profiling users, access management (i.a. e-identification), anonymization, pseudonymization, big data, secondary use of information, etc.

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Our involvement

The CITADEL research and innovation action creates an ecosystem of best practices, ICT tools, recommendations and a co-creation methodology to help public administrations to provide more efficient, inclusive and citizen-centric services. The CITADEL ecosystem will allow public administrations to use what they already know and gather new data to implement what really matters to citizens. CITADEL i.a. innovates by using ICT tools to find out why citizens stop using public services, and use this information to readjust provision to bring them back in. Also, it identifies why citizens are not using a given public service (due to affordability, accessibility, lack of knowledge, embarrassment, lack of interest, etc.) and, where appropriate, use this information to make public services more attractive, so the target audience is incentivized to start using the services.

As the legal partner in the consortium, Timelex is in charge of all legal aspects of the action, acting as a lawyer to the consortium, dealing with whatever question may arise. Amongst others, Timelex has been dealing with questions of intellectual property, contractual questions, questions about e-signatures and electronic proof in governmental procedures interacting with citizens, and matters of data protection. Timelex has for example helped to write informed consent documents for the public consultations done in the context of CITADEL measuring the willingness of public servants to engage in co-creation, has been involved in the data protection aspects of information exchange between the partners and is carrying out a data protection impact assessment on the use cases (the pilots) of the project to assure any solutions implemented are GDPR compliant in the given case. Moreover, Timelex is also in charge of writing a legal vademecum for public administrations willing to use the CITADEL tools to transform themselves into more ICT-driven and citizen-centric bodies. To this extent Timelex is creating a practical document which provides concise and clear information, decision trees, templates and other guidance material that a public administration can use in practice to ensure that new technologies and transformation of processes is paired with legal compliance. This document will be available publicly when finished (expected late 2019).