Seminar: The illusion that comes with a price: privacy on the web

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2016/02/25 09:30 Europe/Rome
2016/02/25 10:30 Europe/Rome
Aula Faedo, ISTI-CNR, Pisa, Italy
Gábor György Gulyás, Postdoctoral Researcher, Privatics team, Inria

We are used to the fact that things are free on the web. Since the Snowden case, more people know that even free services have their price. In spite of this, most of us still don't take any countermeasures to protect their privacy. But is it hard to protect our online activities? Or is this battle already lost? The first part of this talk will be an overview of the history of web privacy, how and why our online presence is exploited in exchange of getting some services for free. In the second part, we will discuss fingerprinting, a tracking method in details, and see how the underlying problem of identification relates to other platforms such as smartphones or location privacy.

Bio: Gábor György Gulyás is a postdoctoral researcher in the Privatics team, at Inria. He currently works at the intersection of data privacy and machine learning, but he is also interested in some specific areas, such as web privacy, de-anonymization and privacy in social networks. He received his Ph.D. in 2015 from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME), Hungary, where he was working on re-identification in social networks in the CrySyS Lab. He received the degree of MSc in a specialization on computer security at BME, Hungary.