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Nowadays electronic communication networks and digital services are an essential part of an increasing number of everyday commodities. In the era of automated profiling and electronic surveillance, citizens face a serious threat against their right to privacy and informational self-determination, especially when using the internet and mobile services. The lack of transparency regarding the functionality and interconnection of such services increases the risk of uncontrollable processing of personal data. However, the distributed implementation of networks and services offers also the opportunity for new Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs) that could support users’ needs while safeguarding their personal data. Although these technologies are widely discussed in the research community, their mere existence is often unknown to the general public. Hence PETs need the support of policy to find their way into IT products. The terms privacy/security by design and by default have found their way into legal and policy texts; however, there is still a lack of knowledge regarding their implementation into services. 

In light of the above, the European Commission Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT), the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) and, as local host, the University of Luxemburg organize a two-day event with the objective of providing a forum to academia, industry and policy makers. This year, the main focus of the Annual Privacy Forum will be on the privacy of electronic communications.

APF took place on the 7th and 8th of October 2015 in Luxembourg, during the Luxembourgian Presidency of the Council of the EU.  The papers are published in LNCS volume 9484

Speakers and Team

NIST, U.S. Dep. of Commerce
European Commission
University of Luxembourg
ULD, Independent Centre for Data Protection
European Commission
University of Edinburgh
KU Leuven

Why you cannot miss APF'15

5 reasons you may want to consider...
  • Learn from the professionals in the field
  • Get involved in a high level debate
  • Discover the trends for the future
  • Network with key players in privacy and NIS
  • Travel to APF2015 to LU
Important dates

Submission of full papers: May 15, 2015 

Extended: May 31, 2015 June 15, 2015
Notification to authors: end of July, 2015


Camera-ready copies:  September 03, 2015

Early registration: until September 07, 2015

General registration: from September 08, 2015


APF 2015 taking place on: October  7-8, 2015