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Privacy Seminar 2015

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This is the main web site for the Privacy Seminar (I00136) of the Kerckhoffs Institute.


In this seminar we will explore the state of the art in privacy enhancing technologies (PET), and discuss theories (technical, legal and societal) of privacy.


The course code is I00136.

Seminar teachers are Jaap-Henk Hoepman (and Merel Koning).

You will do, in groups of two, a small research project on a particular topic, chosen from a list. The idea is to let you first investigate a particular practical case (what are the privacy issues (from a legal and societal perspective), how are they dealt with), and then let you perform some research using particular PETs to solve the problem. You present the results in class as well as writing a student paper on the same topic.

Presence at all lectures is mandatory! (Not present without a valid reason = fail!). Valid reasons are: illness, accident, other study obligation (like exams, study trip), important family events. Invalid reasons are: holidays, trips etc, even if booked before the course started, and many many others.

The final grade = (2*grade for paper + grade for presentation) / 3. If the grade for the paper or the presentation is below 5.5, the lowest grade is the final grade!

Background documents


You should have successfully completed the Cryptography course.


The first few lectures will be spent on outlining the course and the area of privacy enhancing technologies. We also have several invited guest lectures. Slides of the lectures will become available after the lecture.


The course is supported by a wiki, to which all are invited to contribute. You can go the wiki to request an account to get edit rights.


The paper skeleton must be submitted on or before May 15. Deadline for the final paper is June 19.


Schedule (spring 2015)

Lectures take place from 13:30 to 15:15 in room HG00.108. We start at 13:30 sharp! Slides of presentations that are available are linked from here. The links are released after the lecture.

Please note that this is a seminar. Therefore the classes are not taught as a video lecture!

Date Topic Deadline
February 6 "Course overview", and "Legal perspective", by Merel Koning.
February 13 "Privacy: an overview" by Jaap-Henk Hoepman
February 20 Basic techniques, by Jaap-Henk Hoepman.
February 27 Data protection law and online marketing, Frederik Zuiderveen Borgesius, UvA
March 6 Privacy as Opportunity, Marc van Lieshout, TNO
March 13 Martijn Terpstra, Marc Tijssen:Anonymous communication
March 20 Yazan Badin, Herson Esquivel: Censorship prevention
March 27 Guest lecture Ian Goldberg on Ibis: An Overlay Mix Network for Microblogging.
April 3 (no lecture)
April 10 (no lecture)
April 17 Bart Smits, Maikel Zweerink, Bas van der Zandt: Identity management
April 24 Manon de Vries, Wouter Bokslag: Electronic voting
May 1 (no lecture)
May 8 (no lecture)
May 15 (no lecture) Deadline paper skeleton
May 22 (no lecture)
May 29 Vincent de Jager, Wouter van der Houven: Profiling
June 5 Judith van Stegeren, Robert Kleinpenning: Social Networks
June 12 Dibi Tamunomiebaka, Sandip Pandey: Cloud computing
June 19 Le van Huyrh, Patrick Verleg: search engine privacy Deadline student paper

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(Note: changeover from CVS to dotless svn version numbers on Jan 19, 2008, and changeover to GIT versioning on May 30, 2013.)
Maintained by Jaap-Henk Hoepman
Email: jhh@cs.ru.nl