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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
Cyber Chronix is an initiative aimed at informing young European Citizens about the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Cyber Chronix is a game in the format of branching story-telling comics. It has been thought starting from the assumption that reading and understanding a regulation is not an easy task and it is important that (young) citizens are aware of their data protection rights and understand how to exercise them to control their data and mitigate privacy risks. Concepts introduced in the GDPR such as "the right to be forgotten", the "data breach", "the data portability", etc. can be unusual terms for those new to this language. In Cyber Chronix, some of these terms are firstly introduced in an informal way during the dialogues and interactions among characters. In addition, quiz questions called XRay appear and challenge the player during the game session. A dedicated educational part called XRay+ is always available for the player-reader, who wish to know more.
As of May 2018, with the entry into application of the General Data Protection Regulation, there is one set of data protection rules for all companies operating in the EU, wherever they are based. Stronger rules on data protection mean people have more control over their personal data. They also mean businesses benefit from a level playing field.
In the context of its work on digital privacy and data protection, JRC scientists have developed this interactive game to employing edutainment tools to raise awareness about data protection rights and illustrate some of the fundamentals of the GDPR to youngsters. While Cyber Chronix is primarily aimed at young people, the content and gameplay experience can be interesting and fun for adults too.