DD2496 Privacy Enhancing Technologies 7.5 credits

Integritetsskyddande tekniker

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

Legal context for privacy in the EU.

Basic concepts and terminology in the area of privacy enhancing technologies.

A selection of privacy enhancing technologies.

Intended learning outcomes *

After completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • identify threats against privacy in an IT system,
  • explain and use basic terminology in the area correctly,
  • find and use documentation of privacy-related problems and technologies,
  • demonstrate an overview of privacy enhancing technologies (PET),
  • analyse descriptions of PET systems with regard to their protection of privacy and function,
  • identify vulnerabilities from PET system descriptions, predict their equivalent threat, and choose countermeasures against identified threats and show their efficiency,
  • compare countermeasures and evaluate their side effects,
  • present and explain their reasoning to others,

in order to

  • as citizen and expert be able to discuss privacy in general and PET in particular,
  • in professional life and/or research projects be able to use existing privacy enhancing technologies and develop their own.

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

Computer Security equivalent to the course DD2395.

Recommended prerequisites

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Some basic scientific papers will be announced on the course web no later than 4 weeks before the start of the course. The reading list will be expanded during the course considering the students' choice of technologies.

Examination and completion

Grading scale *

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Examination *

  • INL1 - Written assignment, 4.0 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • SEM1 - Seminar assignment, 3.5 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

In this course, the code of honor of the school is applied, see: https://www.kth.se/en/eecs/utbildning/hederskodex. Under special circumstances, other examination formats may be used.

Other requirements for final grade *

Seminar assignment (carry out an own seminar and develop questions for the seminar).

Written assignment (answer questions about the seminars and make a written submission).

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Sonja Buchegger

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web DD2496

Offered by

EECS/Computer Science

Main field of study *

Computer Science and Engineering

Education cycle *

Second cycle

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Sonja Buchegger buc@kth.se

Ethical approach *

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Supplementary information

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