ACM SAC 2024: Track on Privacy by Design in Practice

*Extended Deadline for submissions: October 13th, 2023*

The 7th edition of the Privacy by Design in Practice track at the

39th ACM/SIGAPP Symposium on Applied Computing

April 8 - April 12, 2024 / Avila, Spain

The Privacy by Design in Practice (PDP) track

The aim of this track is to promote research on privacy-preserving technologies to be used in practice. “Privacy by Design” (PbD) is a requirement in the new EU data protection regulation, which is applied in the EU countries from May 2018. Thus, privacy needs to be considered by engineers from the beginning and built in to newly developed systems properly. A lot of research has been done in the field of privacy-enhancing technologies (PETS) in the past years. However, very few of those approaches have found their way into practice. The ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC) provides a great opportunity for researchers to present practical research on privacy by design, leading to more privacy-friendly technology in the future. Another rationale for having the proposed track in SAC is the conference’s diverse research agenda and, thus, researchers participating from different fields of computer science. The track can thus promote the (legal) need to deal with privacy protection to those people who perform research on new technology. Legal researchers bringing in their view on privacy protection are also very welcome to submit papers to this track to foster multi-disciplinary research. The track is also be of interest for data protection agencies (DPAs), as they need to deal with PbD as well.

Topics of the track include, among others:

  • Privacy Engineering

  • Anonymization and Pseudonymization

  • Privacy in the Internet of Things (e.g. Smart Home, Smart City, Connected Cars, Smart TV, Smart Grid, etc.)

  • Privacy and Quantified Self

  • International Privacy Laws and their impacts on technology

  • Conflict between Privacy and Security

Important dates

Previous Editions of the Track

We held the PDP track for the first time in 2018 at SAC. We received 16 papers and one student research abstract. Each paper was reviewed by a minimum of three reviewers. According to the ACM SAC guidelines, only 4 full papers could be accepted for the track, resulting in an acceptance rate of 25%. Many quality papers had to be rejected. Additionally, we accepted two papers as poster papers. We were happy that the best paper award in the area “System Software and Security” (where a number of established SAC tracks is within this area) was won by an author who presented their work in the 1st edition of the PDP track at SAC 2018.

In 2019, we received 20 papers. We accepted 5 full papers and two poster papers (one of them won a best poster award).

In 2020, we received 15 papers. We accepted 4 full papers and 2 poster papers.

Track Chairs

Tentative Program Committee

  • Christoph Bösch, Ulm University, Germany
  • Sven Bugiel, CISPA, Germany
  • Tooska Dargahi, University of Salford, Great Britain
  • Pierre Dewitte, KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Isao Echizen, National Institute of Informatics, Japan
  • Simone Fischer-Hübner, Karlstad University, Sweden
  • Andrea Herrmann, University of Applied Sciences Dortmund, Germany
  • Felix Gomez Marmol, Universidad de Murcia, Spain
  • Pantaleone Nespoli, University of Murcia, Spain
  • Peter Nägele, Commissioner for Data Protection Baden-Württemberg, Germany
  • Nils Gruschka, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Sebastian Pape, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
  • Andreas Reiter, Siemens AG, Austria
  • Burkhard Schafer, University of Edinburgh, GB
  • Francesc Sebe Feixas, University of Lleida, Spain