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PETS 2020 : 20th Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium


Conference Series : Privacy Enhancing Technologies
When Jul 15, 2020 - Jul 19, 2020
Where Montreal, Canada
Submission Deadline May 31, 2019
Notification Due Jul 9, 2019
Final Version Due Aug 1, 2019
Categories    privacy   security   blockchain   cloud

Call For Papers

Call for Papers
20th Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS 2020)
Montreal, Canada
General information:
Submission server:

The annual Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS) brings together privacy experts from around the world to present and discuss recent advances and new perspectives on research in privacy technologies. The 20th PETS event will be organised by Concordia University and the Université du Québec à Montréal and held in Montreal, Canada, on a date in 2020 yet to be determined. Papers undergo a journal-style reviewing process, and accepted papers are published in the journal Proceedings on Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PoPETs).

PoPETs, a scholarly, open-access journal for research papers on privacy, provides high-quality reviewing and publication while also supporting the successful PETS community event. PoPETs is published by Sciendo, part of De Gruyter, which has over 260 years of publishing history. PoPETs does not have article processing charges (APCs) or article submission charges.

Authors can submit papers to PoPETs four times a year, every three months, and are notified of the decisions about two months after submission. In addition to accept and reject decisions, papers may receive resubmit with major revisions decisions, in which case authors are invited to revise and resubmit their article to one of the following two issues. We endeavor to assign the same reviewers to revised submissions. Papers accepted for an issue in the PoPETs 2020 volume must be presented at the symposium PETS 2020. Please view our FAQ for more information about the process.

Submission Guidelines
The submission guidelines contain important submission information for authors. Please note especially the instructions for anonymizing submissions and for ensuring ethical research. Papers must be submitted via the PETS 2020 submission server. The submission URL is:
Important Dates for PETS 2020

All deadlines are 23:59:59 Anywhere on Earth (UTC-12)

Issue 1
Paper submission deadline: May 31, 2019 (firm)
Rebuttal period: July 9 – 11, 2019
Author notification: August 1, 2019
Camera-ready deadline for accepted papers and minor revisions (if accepted by the shepherd): September 15, 2019

Issue 2
Paper submission deadline: August 31, 2019 (firm)
Rebuttal period: October 8 – 10, 2019
Author notification: November 1, 2019
Camera-ready deadline for accepted papers and minor revisions (if accepted by the shepherd): December 15, 2019

Issue 3
Paper submission deadline: November 30, 2019 (firm)
Rebuttal period: January 7 – 9, 2020
Author notification: February 1, 2020
Camera-ready deadline for accepted papers and minor revisions (if accepted by the shepherd): March 15, 2020

Issue 4
Paper submission deadline: February 29, 2020 (firm)
Rebuttal period: April 9 – 11, 2020
Author notification: May 1, 2020
Camera-ready deadline for accepted papers and minor revisions (if accepted by the shepherd): June 15, 2020

Authors invited to resubmit with major revisions can submit the revised (full) paper two weeks after the stated deadline. Such papers must, however, be registered with an abstract by the usual deadline. All other papers than these major revision resubmissions must be submitted by the stated deadline, including papers submitted to and rejected from previous issues. To benefit from the two-week deadline extension, major revisions must be submitted to one of the two issues following the decision. Major revisions submitted to later issues are treated as new submissions, due by the regular deadline and possibly assigned to new reviewers.

Papers submitted to PETS/PoPETs should present novel practical and/or theoretical research into the design, analysis, experimentation, or fielding of privacy-enhancing technologies. Note that a paper's relevance to privacy applications is crucial for our community. PETS is friendly to topics from the wider area of security and privacy (cryptographic primitives, security mechanisms, differentially-private mechanisms, etc.) as long as it is clear how these serve to improve or understand privacy in technology (e.g., it includes a use case, evaluation on real data, integration with an application, etc.).

Suggested topics include but are not restricted to:
Access control and identity management with privacy
Anonymous communication and censorship resistance
Blockchain privacy
Building and deploying privacy-enhancing systems
Cloud computing and privacy
Cryptographic tools for privacy
Data protection technologies
Defining and quantifying privacy
Differential privacy and private data analysis
Economics and game-theoretical approaches to privacy
Forensics and privacy
Genomic and medical privacy
Human factors, usability, and user-centered design of privacy technologies
Information leakage, data correlation, and abstract attacks on privacy
Interdisciplinary research connecting privacy to economics, law, psychology, etc.
Location privacy
Machine learning and privacy
Measurement of privacy in real-world systems
Mobile devices and privacy
Policy languages and tools for privacy
Profiling and data mining
Social network privacy
Traffic analysis
Transparency, robustness, and abuse in privacy systems
Web privacy
We also solicit Systematization of Knowledge (SoK) papers on any of these topics: papers putting together existing knowledge under some common light (adversary model, requirements, functionality offered, etc.), providing novel insights, identifying research gaps or challenges to commonly held assumptions, etc. Survey papers, without such contributions, are not suitable. SoK submissions should include "SoK:" in their title and check the corresponding option in the submission form.

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