Electronic communication has become ubiquitous in our modern society. We use the internet as information source, as communication channel and as 24/24 7/7 shopping mall and we are online all the time, be it at work using a powerful workstation, at the coffee shop around the corner using our notebook or in the commuters train with our smart phone. Beside this we use devices that communicate among each other transparently. Be it our car getting its position and road conditions to navigate and submits itself data for tolling and dynamic road signs, or our smart meters reporting our power consumption profile. Furthermore we are effected by the devices of others, such as credit card payments in a shop or surveillance technology. Hence, electronic communication has an impact of all our lives.


The European Commission, addressing this context, proposed in January 2012 a reform of EU's data protection rules to strengthen online privacy rights.


Privacy is a fundamental need and a basic right. However, often it seems that the utility of electronic communication devices comes with the cost of privacy. In addition to these an active research community in privacy enhancing technologies, presented solution that show that we can have privacy and the benefits of electronic communication.


In light of the above, the Unit "Trust and Security" (F5) of the European Commission's Directorate General Information Society and Media (DG INFSO),the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) and  the Department of Computer Science of the University of Cyprus are organizing a two day event with the objective to provide a forum to academia, industry and policy makers in the field.


Every day of the 2 day event opens with a lecture introducing a hot topic. We are seeking submissions presenting novel research on theoretical and practical aspects of privacy, namely models and systems as well as legal, economic and sociological considerations and education concepts. We explicitly encourage submissions that cover more than one of these fields.


The event furthermore, encourages dialog with panel discussions and provides room for exchange of ideas in between the sessions