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01.05.2020 - 30.04.2023


Many people use digital technologies and applications that collect, process and share personal data. Smart watches, cardio sports watches and fitness trackers: So-called "smart wearables" that collect and analyze health data are becoming increasingly widespread. Sensitive personal physical and location data is processed in these applications and devices. Meanwhile, only a few people read and understand the often long and complicated privacy policies of their individual devices and applications. Data protection agreements are often difficult for users to understand and compare.


A research consortium consisting of Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V., Stiftung Digitale Chancen, Garmin Würzburg GmbH, RWTH Aachen, University of Bremen and Otto-Friedrich-University Bamberg are developing new ways for users of wearables to gain better insight into their data profiles so that they can make informed decisions more easily. In the project InviDas (= Interactive, visual data rooms for sovereign, data protective decision making) new forms of interactive data visualization and gamification are being researched, with which users of smart wearables can inform themselves better about the health data collected, and which make data protection declarations more understandable and transparent. The project aims to increase the self-determined handling of one's own data and enable users to make confident decisions about products.


In a virtual dashboard, users can compare devices and providers. The individual data profile can be captured and adjusted in visual data rooms. Besides that, in virtual escape rooms, the handling of one's own health data is trained in a playful manner and reflective action is learned. Technology providers can have their own collection of tasks defined. In addition to the specific implementation for individual product groups and functionalities, general recommendations and a reference framework are developed. Graphical representations can depict the collected data and show complex relationships. Interactive infographics, gamification and visualizations on wearables are explored in user-centered application. Thus, the project goes beyond previous approaches of illustrating privacy policies.

Project InviDas

Partner Garmin Würzburg GmbH, Würzburg
Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V., Berlin
Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen
Stiftung Digitale Chancen, Berlin

Contact person Elisabeth Schauermann
Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V. Berlin
E-Mail: elisabeth.schauermann[at]
Telefon: +49 30 24009-806