ACM SAC: Track on Privacy by Design

The 1st edition of the Privacy by Design in Practice track at the

33rd ACM Symposium on Applied Computing

April 9 – 13, 2018 / Pau, France

** Call for Papers **


The Symposium

For over thirty years has the ACM Symposium on Applied Computing been a primary gathering forum for applied computer scientists, computer engineers, software engineers, and application developers from around the world. SAC 2018 is sponsored by the ACM Special Interest Group on Applied Computing (SIGAPP Its proceedings are published by ACM; they are also available on the web through the ACM Digital Library More information about SAC 2018 can be found at


The Privacy by Design in Practice track

The aim of this track is to promote research on privacy-preserving technologies to be used in practice. “Privacy by Design” is a requirement in the new EU data protection regulation, which will be 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.

The track seeks submissions from academia, industry and public authorities (e.g. data protection agencies) presenting novel research on how to implement Privacy by Design in practice. Examples of successful projects where Privacy by Design has been implemented in practice are especially welcome.

Legal researchers bringing in their view on Privacy by Design are also very welcome to submit papers to this track to foster multi-disciplinary research.

Topics of the track include, but are not limited to:

  • Privacy Engineering
  • Privacy-enhancing Technologies
  • 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
  • Privacy Laws and their impacts on technology
  • Conflict between Privacy and Security


Important Dates

NEW: September 25, 2017: Submission of regular papers and SRC research abstracts

November 10, 2017: Notification of paper and SRC acceptance/rejection

November 25, 2017: Camera-ready copies of accepted papers/SRC

December 10, 2017: Author registration due date

April 9 – 13, 2018: SAC 2018 in Pau, France


Track Program Chairs

·         Ronald Petrlic, Commissioner for Data Protection Baden-Württemberg

·         Christoph Sorge, CISPA, Saarland University

Program Committee

Christoph Bösch, Ulm University, Germany
Claude Castelluccia, INRIA France
Tooska Dargahi, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy
Martin Degeling, CMU USA
Isao Echizen, National Institute of Informatics, Japan
Felix Gomez Marmol, Universidad de Murcia, Spain
Bart Knijnenburg, Clemson University, USA
Sebastian Pape, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
Andreas Reiter, TU Graz, Austria
Burkhard Schafer, University of Edinburgh, GB
Francesc Sebe Feixas, University of Lleida, Spain
Dirk Westhoff, University of Applied Sciences Offenburg, Germany 

Submission Guidelines

The submission guidelines must be strictly followed for a paper to be considered.

Original papers from the above mentioned or other related areas will be considered. Only full papers about original and unpublished research are sought. Parallel submission to other conferences or other tracks of SAC 2018 is forbidden. Each paper must be BLIND in the sense that it must only include its title but not mention anything about its authors. Self-citation must be in third person, such as "Smith et al. [citation] showed...". All submissions must be formatted using the ACM conference-specific LaTeX style, which can be obtained from the symposium web page. All papers must be submitted by the deadline stated above.

Papers must be submitted through the symposium-wide paper management system for SAC 2018 at


Review and publication of accepted papers

Each paper will be fully refereed and undergo a blind review process by at least three referees. Accepted papers will be published in the ACM SAC 2018 proceedings. Some papers may only be accepted as poster papers, and will be published as extended abstracts in the proceedings.


Student research abstract competition

Graduate students are invited to submit research abstracts at following the instructions published at SAC 2018 website. Submission of the same abstract to multiple tracks is not allowed.