Distributed mobile applications are increasingly being considered as solutions which provide robustness and performance benefits, especially in contexts such as emergency response systems, where a conventional centralized ICT infrastructure can be rendered inoperative. The information intensive nature of such systems brings to the fore the importance of data distribution through the right workflow channels under conditions of data privacy and short timescales. This paper reports on the early stages of a project aimed at developing a privacy-aware process-level framework for such distributed mobile applications, exemplified through a distributed prototype that can be used to model and manage fire emergency situations in airports. The novelty of the framework arises from modeling, reasoning and generating privacy preserving business processes applicable to distributed mobile information systems. © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2013.