Pan-European Privacy-Preserving Proximity Tracing

Pan-European Privacy-Preserving Proximity Tracing
(PEPP-PT) makes it possible to inform potentially exposed individuals and thus help interrupt new chains of SARS-CoV-2 transmission more rapidly and effectively.
We are a growing European team. We provide standards, technology and services to countries and developers. We stand for a fully privacy centered approach. We build on well-tested, fully implemented proximity measurement and scalable backend services. We create the ability to integrate tracing of infection chains across borders in a multinational setting. 

Proximity Tracing YES, Giving Up Privacy NO!

Our privacy core means: anything we provide is based on voluntary participation, provides anonymity, does not use any personal data nor geolocation information, operates in full compliance with GDPR and has been security certified and tested by security activists.
Read here for a brief description of our privacy enforcing flow. 



The mission of PEPP-PT is to assist national initiatives by supplying a set of ready-to-use, well-tested and properly assessed mechanisms and standards, as well as support services for interoperability, outreach and operation if needed. Our reference implementation is available under the Mozilla License Agreement. 


The mechanisms PEPP-PT will provide have the following core features:

  1. Well-tested and established procedures for proximity measurement for popular mobile operating systems and devices. 

  2. Enforcement of data protection, anonymization, GDPR compliance and certified technical as well as communication security. 

  3. International interoperability to support tracing infection chains even if they cross borders. 

  4. Backend architecture and technology that can be deployed into local IT infrastructure and can handle hundreds of millions of devices and users per country instantly. 

  5. Managing the partner network of national initiatives and providing APIs for integration of PEPP-PT features and functionalities into national health processes and apps to provide a strong and privacy-based backbone for rapid digitization. 

  6. Providing a certification service to verify local implementations using the PEPP-PT mechanisms so these implementations can inherit the privacy and security testing and approval PEPP-PT mechanisms offer. 

If you want to read more - also on additional services we provide for supporting infrastructure and installation campaign financing for your local applications - please download our Manifesto. 


The virus spreads quickly and knows no political boundaries. To bring it under control, we must do the same: speed and international cooperation are now essential to protect health, privacy, and the economy.


We invite all countries to participate and use what we have to offer. We are stronger together against SARS-CoV-2. Please get in touch if you are interested in using our services or in contributing. 


Find out more about our view on the current situation and why we believe proximity-tracing is the answer to how we can resume a more normal life, open our borders and turn the economy back on. 



We will set up a partner management team to help you gain access quickly and without any bureaucracy.


You will

… have access to our services and mechanisms

… have access to our documentation and source code of our reference implementation

… take part in the inter-country exchange to make our lives global again.

… provide feedback regarding technical design.

… encourage members of your country to support PEPP-PT development.

… get certification for your implementation using PEPP-PT and thus inherit our privacy and security certifications and credentials.  

… connect us with your country’s cyber-security, data protection, and health agencies to save you the trouble of building certified services from scratch.

… receive planning and financial aid for installation and trust campaigns in your country.

… receive planning and execution aid for integrating PEPP-PT into your country’s strategy. That means you can either 

Implement PEPP-PT directly using the provided app/trust service reference implementation and add country-specific parts,


Integrate PEPP-PT into existing solutions through using modules from our  services


Please get in touch with our partner managers.

We want to welcome you on board. 


We are an organization being born. We will be incorporated as a non-profit in Switzerland taking an example from the international red cross and many non-profit organizations attached to the UN. We exist to ensure a privacy-preserving response to SARS-CoV-2 and future pandemics is independent of any government or corporate interest and can support a globally interconnected world. It is our firm belief that we can help to get all of us, our societies and companies back to normal, if we stand together.  


The PEPP-PT team, which as of 31st March 2020  has more than 130 members working in eight European countries, includes scientists, technologists, and experts from well-known international institutions and companies. We wield expertise in communication, psychology, epidemiology, proximity tracing, security, encryption, data protection, application development, scalable systems, supercomputing infrastructure, and artificial intelligence.





The entire PEPP-PT team started this endeavor because it needs doing. We hope you find our effort valuable to restart social life and economy and expect that this motivates you to make a donation to keep our efforts running long term so we can support any country in setting up a proximity-tracing based privacy protecting pandemic response. 


We are purely donations funded, fully non-profit and completely transparent. Our strict guidelines absolutely exclude any influence from donors.


As the formal organization is being set up, we cannot provide links for making a donation or for downloading the full guidelines for making a donation yet. Please sign up here if you want to be informed when you can support us.