Privacy Compliance Tools Workshop (18w2236)


Joel Reardon (University of Calgary)

Serge Egelman (University of California at Berkeley)


The Banff International Research Station will host the "Privacy Compliance Tools Workshop" workshop in Banff from August 24, 2018 to August 26, 2018.

It's often said that people don't care about privacy. Yet in reality they actually do and its hard to find someone who doesn't personally care about it. The problem is that there is a feeling of helplessness about the whole affair. Simply put, privacy isn't presented as option in the first place, and then when people choose not to entirely opt-out of technology by, for example, having a cell phone, it is taken as proof for the false narrative that no one cares about privacy.

Thankfully law is beginning to step in to regulate the privacy market where competition has failed. Stringent laws such as COPPA to protect children in the states and the European Union's comprehensive GDPR are set to change the privacy landscape. Nevertheless, these laws require that tools are developed to both make supporting the law easier for companies and to help regulators find those violating the law. Our work is supporting both these goals, by providing tools to monitor the privacy behaviour of different technologies to help developers better comply with the law and automate the large-scale detection of predatory behaviours.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).