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Security and Privacy in Machine Learning

This survey aims to analyze the state of the art in implementation of security measures to protect machine learning (ML) systems. We want to investigate to what extent machine learning practitioners are aware of the different types of attacks (from inside and outside) that their models are exposed to. We also want to learn which types of protective measures are used. Finally, we are interested in learning what kind of experiences developers have had with fulfilling the requirements of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

We kindly ask all respondents to stick to the truth as best as they can and avoid exaggerating their statements in any direction, as this ensures the validity of the results. This survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to fill out and consists of a maximum of 25 questions.

The survey is conducted by the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied and Integrated Security (AISEC)  in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology (SIT) and the Freie Universität Berlin (FU).




This survey is anonymous.

The record of your survey responses does not contain any identifying information about you, unless a specific survey question explicitly asked for it.

If you used an identifying token to access this survey, please rest assured that this token will not be stored together with your responses. It is managed in a separate database and will only be updated to indicate whether you did (or did not) complete this survey. There is no way of matching identification tokens with survey responses.


Participation in this study is voluntary. You can discontinue your participation at any time with no negative consequences, but information gathered from you up until the point of cessation of your participation may be used in the study.

The data collected within this study include questionnaire items regarding your experience, awareness, and knowledge. These data can not be linked to your person.

The research data are collected purely for scientific purposes. The research data are only available to the researchers of the research group. The research team deploys appropriate technical and organizational security precautions to protect personal data against disappearance, misuse, unlawful use, change, or destruction.

The data collected of you within this survey are retained as long as is necessary for the purpose it should fulfill, or as long as the legislation requires. Any contact information we might collect of you is separated from other questionnaire data, including demographic information.

Upon request you are provided with additional details of the general principles of this study and its progress, or of the results concerning yourself.