FDD3344 Privacy- Enhancing Technologies 7.5 credits

Integritetsskyddande teknologier

Privacy has become an increasingly important topic as our data and data about us is both increasing and more and more being collected and mined. This course will give an overview of privacy concepts and terminology as well as concrete examples of privacy-enhancing technologies (PET) and some of their applications.

Offering and execution

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters

Course information

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

  • Legal context for privacy in Europe
  • Fundamental privacy terminology and concepts
  • A range of privacy-enhancing technologies (PETs)

Intended learning outcomes *

The students should be able to:

  • recognize threats to privacy
  • explain the basic privacy terminology and concepts and use them correctly
  • find and apply documentation of privacy-related problems and technologies
  • get an overview of existing privacy-enhancing technologies  (PETs)
  • analyze system PET descriptions in terms of their privacy protection and how they work
  • identify vulnerabilities of system descriptions and predict their corresponding threats
  • select counter-measures to identified threats and argue their effectiveness
  • compare counter-measures and evaluate their side-effects
  • present and explain their reasoning to others

such that the students can:

  • reason about privacy in general and PETs in particular and
  • incorporate existing PETs into their research or start developing new ones.

Course Disposition

The course takes place as a series of day-long meetings at different locations, such as KTH, KAU, and Chalmers. Each meeting will have student presentations, discussions, and lectures.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

This course is for PhD students in Computer Science or related subjects.

Recommended prerequisites

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The reading list will be available on the course website and will be amended as the course proceeds.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale *

P, F

Examination *

  • EXA1 - Examination, 7.5 credits, Grading scale: P, 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.

Other requirements for final grade *

The grading is pass/fail. To pass the course, the students successfully complete the following tasks.

Do assigned reading

Select a topic

Suggest a relevant reading list for the other participants

Present the selected topic

Lead a discussion on the selected topic

Hand in a written assignment

Participate in at least 80% of the meetings, preferably in person

Missed meetings can be made up by a written report on the meeting topics.

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

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.

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 FDD3344

Offered by

EECS/Theoretical Computer Science

Main field of study *

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Education cycle *

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Supplementary information

This course has been developed within SWITS, which is a network for security researchers in Sweden, mainly PhD students. Together with Simone Fischer-Hübner at Karlstad Unversity, we offer this PhD course on Privacy-Enhancing Technologies that can be attended by SWITS PhD students also from other locations in Sweden.

Examiners are:
Sonja Buchegger at KTH and Simone Fischer-Hübner at KAU.

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at EECS/Theoretical Computer Science