a workshop in conjunction with the 11th IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM 2012)
December 10 2012, Brussels Belgium

Welcome to PinSoDa Workshop!

Call for Papers


One of the most fascinating challenges of our time is understanding the complexity of the global interconnected society we inhabit. Today we have the opportunity to observe and measure how our society intimately works, by analyzing the big data. i.e, the digital breadcrumbs of human activities sensed as a by-product of the ICT systems that we use. These data describe the daily human activities: for instance, automated payment systems record the tracks of our purchases, search engines record the logs of our queries for finding information on the web, social networking services record our connections to friends, colleagues and collaborators, wireless networks and mobile devices record the traces of our movements and our communications.

These social data are at the heart of the idea of a knowledge society, where decisions can be taken on the basis of knowledge in these data. Social data analysis can help us understand complex social phenomena, such as mobility, relationships and social connections, economic trends, spread of epidemics, opinion diffusion, sustainability, and so on.

The opportunities of discovering knowledge from social data increase with the risk of
privacy violation: during knowledge discovery, the risk is the uncontrolled intrusion into the personal data of the data subjects, namely, of the (possibly unaware) people whose data are being collected, analyzed and mined.
Privacy intrusion jeopardizes trust: if not adequately countered, they can undermine the idea of a fair and democratic knowledge society.

PinSoDa is full day workshop in conjunction with the 11th IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM 2012), Brussels, Belgium.
The purpose of this workshop is to encourage principled research that will lead to the advancement of the science of privacy and data protection on social data.


Topics of interest to the workshop include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Privacy-preserving analysis/mining of social data (e.g., spatio-temporal data, query logs data, transactional data, social networking data, ...)
  • Privacy-preserving publishing of social data (e.g., spatio-temporal data, query logs data, transactional data, social networking data, ...)
  • Anonymity in location-based services
  • Context-aware location privacy
  • Information hiding in geospatial data
  • Interdisciplinary approaches and studies (e.g., law, economy, sociology, etc. )
  • Privacy ontology
  • Privacy policies for social networks
  • Privacy in cloud computing
  • Privacy in e-services
  • Social implications of privacy
  • Security and privacy metrics
  • Privacy-preserving outsourcing of data mining tasks
  • Privacy for streaming data
  • Privacy in monitoring systems
  • Privacy in industrial systems
  • Privacy in pervasive/ubiquitous computing and mobile systems
  • Usability and privacy
  • Attacks and defenses
  • Data Protection and Law Enforcement
  • Legal and ethical privacy issues
  • Data portability, Right to Oblivion
  • Transparency tools
  • Privacy issues in Profiling

Key Dates

August 10, 2012 August 14, 2012 23:59:59 PST: Due date for paper submission (extended!)
October 1, 2012: Notification of paper acceptance to authors
October 15, 2012: Camera-ready deadline for accepted papers
December 10, 2012: Workshop date

Paper Submission

Paper submissions are limited to 8 pages. Submissions should be formatted in the IEEE 2-column format. All papers will be double-blind reviewed by the Program Committee on the basis of technical quality, relevance, significance, originality and clarity. Papers that have already been accepted or are currently under review for other workshops, conferences, or journals will not be considered for PinSoDa 2012.

All papers for PinSoDa must be submitted through the ICDM Workshop Submission Site. Please ensure that you follow the submission guidelines to allow for a double-blind review.

All accepted workshop papers will be published in a separate ICDM workshop proceedings published by the IEEE Computer Society Press.