[PET] Privacy Technology week in Leuven

Claudia Diaz claudia.diaz at esat.kuleuven.be
Wed Jul 2 17:15:50 BST 2008

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Dear colleague,

A series of privacy technology events will take place in Leuven 
(Belgium) on the week July 21-25 2008, and we would like to kindly 
invite you to participate.

The PET Symposium is the leading international event for the latest 
research on privacy and anonymity technologies. This year, four other 
privacy-related events are co-located with PETS 2008, including the 
Workshop On Trustworthy Elections (WOTE 2008) and the closing workshop 
of the EU FP6 PRIME project (Privacy and Identity Management for Europe).

At the PET Symposium, besides the presentation of high-quality technical 
research papers, there will be a discussion panel moderated by Caspar 
Bowden (Microsoft) where several leading legal and policy experts (names 
TBA soon) will discuss data minimisation, proportionality and necessity 
in privacy systems.

Some of the questions that will be explored in this panel include: To 
what extent do the ECHR, data protection laws, and other instruments 
impose obligations on parties to use technology to minimize the 
processing of personal data for a legitimate purpose? If an information 
system can be designed using a variety of alternate mechanisms, and 
there exist advanced techniques which can accomplish the legitimate and 
intended function using fewer personal data, to what extent does data 
protection and human rights law require their adoption? How does the 
answer differ at national, EU, and Council of Europe level, and on which 
parties do obligations fall? If the argument is made that the 
application of some privacy enhancing technologies to particular systems 
could hinder the present or future performance of law enforcement 
investigations or public security functions, to what extent can these 
considerations vitiate a human rights mandate to improve protection of 
privacy through innovative technology? What criteria and tests will 
courts use to decide these questions?


PETS'08 (8th Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium): July 23-25, 2008

Co-located events:

EU PRIME closing workshop: July 21, 2008
ADAPID workshop: July 22 (morning), 2008
FIDIS workshop: July 22 (afternoon), 2008
WOTE'08 (Workshop On Trustworthy Elections): July 22-23, 2008


You can register by filling the form at:

An overview of the co-located events is available at:

More information on PETS'08 (program, travel and hotel information, 
etc.) can be found at: http://petsymposium.org/2008/

Looking forward to welcoming you in Leuven,

Claudia Diaz

General Chair PETS 2008

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