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UK SPS Seminar 27th October Title: Human-centric Privacy Design and Engineering

Title: Human-centric Privacy Design and Engineering

Speaker: Florian Schaub (Michigan)


Abstract: Privacy is ultimately about people. User studies and experiments provide insights on users’ privacy needs, concerns, and expectations, which are essential to understand what a system’s actual privacy issues are from a user perspective. Drawing on the speaker’s research on privacy notices and controls in different contexts, from cookie consent notices to smart speakers, this talk discusses how and why privacy controls are often misaligned with user needs, how public policy aimed at protecting privacy often falls short, and how a human-centric approach to privacy design and engineering can yield usable and useful privacy protections that more effectively meet users’ needs and might also benefit companies.

Bio: Florian Schaub (he/him) is an assistant professor in the University of Michigan School of Information, with a courtesy appointment in Computer Science and Engineering. His interdisciplinary research combines privacy, human-computer interaction, emerging technologies, and public policy. He studies people's privacy decision making and behavior, investigates technology-related privacy implications, and develops human-centric privacy solutions that help people better manage their privacy in technology contexts. Dr. Schaub holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Ulm, and was a postdoctoral fellow in Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science. His research has been honored with the 2019 Caspar Bowden Award for Outstanding Research in Privacy Enhancing Technologies, and with best paper awards at the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing (CHI), the USENIX Security Symposium, and the Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS). Dr. Schaub is a DARPA Young Faculty Award recipient. His research has directly impacted industry practice and public policy, including the rulemaking process for the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). Dr. Schaub and his work are frequently featured in national and international news media.


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UK-SPS is an inter-university seminar series on cyber security and privacy. Seminar details are also advertised on our websitecalendar and Twitter, and recordings will be available on our YouTube channel afterwards. 

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