CMU Privacy Day

February 1, 2019

An event celebrating International Data Privacy Day

About Data Privacy Day

Join us on February 1, 2019 for CMU Privacy Day 2019 at Carnegie Mellon University. CMU is celebrating the International Data Privacy Day by presenting privacy research and practical advice on protecting privacy online. Privacy Day is open to the public, and no registration is required.

Data Privacy Day is an international effort to empower and educate people to protect their privacy and control their digital footprint. For more information, please visit

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  • Prof. Lorrie Faith Cranor (co-chair)
  • Prof. Norman Sadeh (co-chair)
  • James Arps
  • Amanda Zhu

Schedule of Events

Feb 1 2019

11:00am –1:00pm

Privacy Clinic
Learn how to protect your privacy.

11:00am –1:00pm

Privacy Research Poster Session
Learn more about current privacy research at CMU.

11:00am –1:00pm

Free lunch provided while you learn about privacy.

All events take place at the Simmons Auditorium at Tepper School of Business on the Carnegie Mellon campus.
Please consult the campus map to find your way around.

Privacy Clinic

Learn how to protect your privacy

Privacy Clinic

Privacy Day will feature a Privacy Clinic. Come to our Privacy Clinic to learn how to protect your privacy. CMU’s information privacy and security students will educate you and answer your questions about privacy risks and remedies concerning many topics, including:

  • How to be Private on Facebook(Presenter: Yiding Ou)
  • Online Tracking and Targeted Ads(Presenter: Susie Chang)
  • Password Manager Demo(Presenter: Sarah Pearman)
  • Poster&Demo-A Personalized Privacy Assistant for Mobile App Permissions(Presenter: Aerin Zhang)
  • Privacy Illustrated(Presenter: Maggie Oates)
  • Protect Your Privacy with Snapchat(Presenter: Amanda Zhu)
  • Smartphone Privacy Settings(Presenter: Ziheng Ni)
  • Teaching Computers to Read Privacy Policies (Usable Privacy Policy Project)(Presenter: James Arps)
  • Tools and Tips to Create Strong Passwords(Presenter: Josh Tan)
  • Tracker Blocker(Presenter: Ruixin Ng)
  • What Does Private Browsing Mode Really Protect You From?(Presenter: Fangxian Mi)

Refreshments will be provided.

Privacy Research Poster Session

Privacy Research at Carnegie Mellon University

Privacy Research Poster Session

Visit the poster session to learn more about privacy research at Carnegie Mellon University and meet privacy researchers and students. Refreshments will be provided.

The following research projects will be presented:

  • A Personalized Privacy Assistant for Mobile App Permissions(Presenter: Aerin Zhang) (PDF)
  • Away From Prying Eyes: Analyzing Usage and Understanding of Private Browsing(Presenter: Hana Habib) (PDF)
  • Challenges in Automated Question Answering for Privacy Policies(Presenter: Abhilasha Ravichander) (PDF)
  • Comparing Hypothetical and Realistic Privacy Valuations(Presenter: Mahmood Sharif) (PDF)
  • Internet of Things Privacy Infrastructure(Presenters: Daniel Smullen, Yuanyuan Feng) (PDF)
  • Quantifying in-domain Distributed Word Representations from Privacy Policies(Presenter: Vinayshekhar Bannihatti Kumar) (PDF)
  • Safesea: A Chrome plugin for crowdsourcing privacy settings(Presenters: Rosie Sun, Cori Faklaris) (PDF)


In the Past

CMU Privacy Day is an annual event. Browse the programs of recent years.

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