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CyLab and Heinz College Celebrate International Data Privacy Day

posted by Richard Power
January 18, 2011

You are invited to join us at the Heinz College on January 26, 11am-2pm, for a celebration of International Data Privacy Day.

With the world going digital from laptops to smartphones, there are increasing concerns about data privacy. What happens to the sensitive information we provide online? And what can we do to protect it?

Practical answers to these real-world questions are vital for government, business, the individual and society as a whole. That's why Carnegie Mellon CyLab's main research thrusts include Privacy Protection and Usable Privacy and Security.

To celebrate the 2011 International Data Privacy Day, CyLab and Heinz College will be hosting a poster session and panel discussion with CMU privacy researchers on Wednesday, January 26 in Hamburg Hall.

Moderated by Alessandro Acquisti, Heinz College associate professor of information technology and public policy, and a CyLab researcher, the panel will include Travis Breaux, assistant professor at the Institute for Software Research; Lorrie Cranor, associate professor at the Institute for Software Research and the Engineering & Public Policy department, and Director of CyLab Usable Privacy and Security Lab; as well as three more CyLab researchers, Steve Fienberg, the Maurice Falk university professor of statistics and social science, Jason Hong, associate professor at the Human Computer Interaction Institute, and Norman Sadeh, full professor at the School of Computer Science.

The poster session and panelists will cover a broad spectrum of timely privacy issues, including protecting confidentiality in census data, understanding how individuals make privacy decisions, designing privacy interfaces for Twitter and Facebook, and using formal tools to detect flaws in privacy policies. In addition, demos of several privacy tools developed at CMU will be shown (including the search engine, privacy "nutrition labels," and the Locaccino location-sharing system).

The panel session will take place in Hamburg Hall 1000 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Food will be served immediately prior to the panel. The poster session will begin at 11 a.m. in the Hamburg Hall foyer and conclude at 2 p.m.


Watch video of the panel discussion.

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