Carnegie Mellon University

Current Topics in Privacy Seminar

The Current Topics in Privacy Seminar is a three-credit course (17-702) taught in the Fall and Spring semesters. Members of the university community are invited to participate in the seminar even if they are not enrolled in the course. In this seminar course students will discuss recent papers and current public policy issues related to privacy. Privacy professionals from industry, government, and non-profits will deliver several guest lectures each semester. 

Members of the CMU community interested in receiving notifications about the seminars each week should contact the course instructor to request to be added to the email list. 

Instructors:  Hana Habib and Norman Sadeh

Time and location: Tuesdays, 12:30-1:50 PM.  All seminars will be held in Hamburg Hall, 1002 and will be available via Zoom.

01/17/23 - Introduction - Hana Habib and Norman Sadeh, Guest Speaker: Eric Zeng (CMU, CyLab)

01/24/23 - Hana Habib


Notice and choice has dominated the discourse on consumer privacy protection and is the foundation of existing privacy regulation in the United States. Under this paradigm, companies disclose their data handling practices to consumers, who in turn are expected to make decisions according to their privacy preferences. As such, many companies have incorporated consent notices and other privacy choices into their web interfaces. The notice and choice model presents several challenges for providing effective consumer privacy protection, one of which is related to the usability of privacy choice mechanisms. The design of consent and privacy choice interfaces can significantly affect consumer choices and their privacy outcomes. This talk will highlight usability issues related to existing privacy choice mechanisms, as well as provide guidance for conducting usability evaluations of such interactions.

01/31/23 - Shomir Wilson (Penn State)

02/07/23 - Cameron Boozarjomehri (Mozilla)

02/15/23 (in place of 2/14 seminar)- Joint CyLab/S3D Seminar with Helen Nissenbaum (Cornell Tech)

02/21/23 - Yixin Zou (Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy)

02/28/23 - Alessandro Acquisti (CMU, Heinz College)

03/14/23 - TBD

03/21/23 - Cara Bloom (MITRE)

03/28/23 - Jennifer Urban (Berkeley Center for Law and Technology)

04/04/23 - Divya Sharma (Google)

04/11/23 - Ellen Nadeau (Cruise)

04/18/23 - Darya Pilram (SEI)

04/25/23 - Sebastian Zimmeck (Wesleyan University)