CfP PETS 2018 July 24-27 Barcelona

August 17, 2017

18th Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS 2018) July 24--27 2018, Barcelona, Spain General information: Submission server:

The annual Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS) brings together privacy experts from around the world to present and discuss recent advances and new perspectives on research in privacy technologies. The 18th PETS event will be organized by Eticas and held in Barcelona, Spain (dates tbd). Papers undergo a journal-style reviewing process and accepted papers are published in the journal Proceedings on Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PoPETs).

PoPETs, a scholarly, open access journal for timely research papers on privacy, has been established as a way to improve reviewing and publication quality while retaining the highly successful PETS community event. PoPETs is published by De Gruyter Open, the world's second largest publisher of open access academic content, and part of the De Gruyter group, which has over 260 years of publishing history. PoPETs does not have article processing charges (APCs) or article submission charges.

Papers submitted to PETS/PoPETs should present novel practical and/or theoretical research into the design, analysis, experimentation, or fielding of privacy-enhancing technologies. While PETS/PoPETs has traditionally been home to research on anonymity systems and privacy-oriented cryptography, we strongly encourage submissions on a number of both well-established and emerging privacy-related topics, for which examples are provided below.

PoPETs also solicits submissions for Systematization of Knowledge (SoK) papers. These are papers that critically review, evaluate, and contextualize work in areas for which a body of prior literature exists, and whose contribution lies in systematizing the existing knowledge in that area. To be suitable for publication, SoK articles must provide an added value beyond a literature review, such as novel insights, identification of research gaps, or challenges to commonly held assumptions. SoK papers will follow the same review process as other submissions, and will be published in PoPETs and presented at the PETS 2018 event.

Authors can submit papers to PoPETs four times a year, every three months on a predictable schedule. The four submission deadlines for the 2018 volume of PoPETs are in May 2017, Aug 2017, Nov 2017, and Feb 2018. Papers accepted for an issue in the 2018 volume will be presented at PETS 2018. Note that accepted papers must be presented at PETS.

Authors are notified of the decisions about two months after submission. In addition to accept and reject decisions, papers may receive resubmit with major revisions decisions, in which case authors are invited to revise and resubmit their article to one of the following two issues. We endeavor to assign the same reviewers to revised versions.

Submit papers for PoPETs 2018, Issue 2 at Please see the submission guidelines at and view our FAQ at for more information about the process.


Important Dates for PETS 2018 Issue 2

All deadlines are 23:59:59 American Samoa time (UTC-11) Paper submission deadline: August 31, 2017 (firm) Rebuttal period: October 9 -- 11, 2017 Author notification: October 31, 2017 Camera-ready deadline for accepted papers and minor revisions (if accepted by the shepherd): December 15, 2017

Authors invited to resubmit with major revisions can submit the revised (full) paper two weeks after the stated deadline. Such papers must, however, be registered with an abstract by the usual deadline. All other papers than these major revision resubmissions must be submitted by the stated deadline, including papers submitted to and rejected from previous issues. To benefit from the two-week deadline extension, major revisions must be submitted to one of the two issues following the decision. Major revisions submitted to later issues are treated as new submissions, due by the regular deadline and possibly assigned to new reviewers.


Suggested topics include but are not restricted to:

Behavioural targeting Building and deploying privacy-enhancing systems Crowdsourcing for privacy Cryptographic tools for privacy Data protection technologies Differential privacy Economics of privacy and game-theoretical approaches to privacy Empirical studies of privacy in real-world systems Forensics and privacy Human factors, usability and user-centered design for PETs Information leakage, data correlation and generic attacks to privacy Interdisciplinary research connecting privacy to economics, law, ethnography, psychology, medicine, biotechnology, human rights Location and mobility privacy Machine learning and privacy Measuring and quantifying privacy Mobile devices and privacy Obfuscation-based privacy Policy languages and tools for privacy Privacy in cloud and big-data applications Privacy in social networks and microblogging systems Privacy-enhanced access control, authentication, and identity management Profiling and data mining Reliability, robustness, and abuse prevention in privacy systems Surveillance Systems for anonymous communications and censorship resistance Traffic analysis Transparency enhancing tools Web privacy


General Chair (

Gemma Galdón Clavell, Eticas


Program Chairs/Co-Editors-in-Chief (

Rachel Greenstadt, Drexel University

Damon McCoy, New York University

Carmela Troncoso, IMDEA Software Institute


Program Committee/Editorial Board:

Gunes Acar, KU Leuven William Aiello, University of British Columbia Abdelrahaman Aly, KU Leuven Alessandro Aquisti, Carnegie Mellon University Mashael Al-Sabah, Qatar University Shehar Bano, University College London Kevin Bauer, MIT Lincoln Laboratory Matt Blaze, University of Pennsylvania Sonja Buchegger, KTH Royal Institute of Technology Kelly Caine, Clemson University Aylin Caliskan, Princeton University Jean Camp, Indiana University Bloomington Sherman S.M. Chow, Chinese University of Hong Kong Christopher Clifton, Purdue University Scott Coull, FireEye Jed Crandall, University of New Mexico Emiliano De Cristofaro, University College London Rinku Dewri, University of Denver Claudia Diaz, KU Leuven Roger Dingledine, The Tor Project Tariq Elahi, KU Leuven Giulia Fanti, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign David Fifield, University of California, Berkeley Simone Fischer-Hübner, Karlstad University Arthur Gervais, Imperial College London Ian Goldberg, University of Waterloo Thomas Groß, Newcastle University Jens Grossklags, Technical University Munich Seda Gurses, KU Leuven Marit Hansen, Independent Centre for Privacy Protection Schleswig-Holstein Ryan Henry, Indiana University Bloomington Jaap-Henk Hoepman, Radboud University Nijmegen Amir Herzberg, Bar Ilan University Mireille Hildebrandt, Radboud University Nijmegen Nick Hopper, University of Minnesota Amir Houmansadr, University of Massachusetts Amherst Yan Huang, Indiana University Bloomington Kévin Huguenin, Université de Lausanne Aaron Johnson, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Apu Kapadia, Indiana University Bloomington Aniket Kate, Purdue University Stefan Katzenbeisser, TU Darmstadt Florian Kershbaum, University of Waterloo Negar Kiyavash, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Boris Koepf, IMDEA Software Institute Markulf Kohlweiss, Microsoft Research Ponnurangam Kumaraguru, IIIT Delhi Alptekin Kupku, Koç University Peeter Laud, Cybernetica Adam J. Lee, University of Pittsburgh Douglas Leith, Trinity College Dublin Janne Lindqvist, Rutgers University Ashwin Machanavajjhala, Duke University Nick Mathewson, The Tor Project Aleecia McDonald, Stanford University Sarah Meiklejohn, University College London Prateek Mittal, Princeton University Takao Murakami, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) Steven Murdoch, University College London Arvind Narayanan, Princeton University Muhammad Naveed, University of Southern California Shirin Nilizadeh, UCSB Guevara Noubir, Northeastern University Cristina Onete, INSA/IRISA Rennes Paul Pearce, UC Berkeley Adrian Perrig, ETHZ Bart Preneel, KU Leuven Ananth Raghunathan, Google Kasper Rasmussen, University of Oxford Joel Reardon, UC Berkeley / ICSI Michael Reiter, UNC Chapel Hill Alfredo Rial, University of Luxembourg Franziska Roesner, University of Washington Thomas Roessler, Google Stefanie Roos, University of Waterloo Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi, Technische University Darmstadt Martin Schmiedeckre, SBA Research Peter Schwabe, Radboud Univeristy Nijmegen Claudio Soriente, Telefonica Research Thorsten Strufe, TU Dresden Paul Syverson, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Abhradeep Thakurta, UC Santa Cruz Michael Tschantz, UC Berkeley Gene Tsudik, UC Irvine Doug Tygar, UC Berkeley Eugene Vasserman, Kansas State University Michael Waidner, Fraunhofer SIT and TU Darmstadt Tao Wang, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Tara Whalen, Google Philipp Winter, Princeton University Joss Wright, Oxford Internet Institute Matthew Wright, RIT


Submission Guidelines

For full details of submission guidelines please refer to: Papers not following these instructions risk being rejected without consideration of their merits!


Andreas Pfitzmann Best Student Paper Award 

The Andreas Pfitzmann PETS 2018 Best Student Paper Award will be selected at PETS 2018. Papers written solely or primarily by a student who is presenting the work at PETS 2018 are eligible for the award.




Papers must be submitted via the PETS 2018 submission server. The URL for Issue 2 is:



As with the last several years, part of the symposium will be devoted to HotPETs -- the "hottest," most exciting research ideas still in a formative state. Further information will be published on the PETS 2018 website soon.