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Prof. Dr. Dmitrienko participates in this year's CPDP Conference on January 29, 2021 at 10.30 am CET


“CPDP is a conference about privacy and data protection. It offers a forum where different voices are heard and where positions are compared, debated, approached or differentiated.” At 10.30 AM CET on the 29th of January 2021 Prof. Dr. Dmitrienko will hold a talk on the topic of “Privacy of Contact Tracing Apps in Pandemic, the role of Giant data collectors, and EU Sovereignty”.

“CPDP is a non-profit platform originally founded in 2007 by research groups from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the Université de Namur and Tilburg University.”
“As a world-leading multidisciplinary conference CPDP offers the cutting edge in legal, regulatory, academic and technological development in privacy and data protection. Within an atmosphere of independence and mutual respect, CPDP gathers academics, lawyers, practitioners, policy-makers, industry and civil society from all over the world in Brussels, offering them an arena to exchange ideas and discuss the latest emerging issues and trends.”

On the 29th of January this year, Prof. Dr. Dmitrienko will attend CPDP2021 as a speaker and will focus her talk on “Privacy of Contact Tracing Apps in Pandemic, the role of Giant data collectors, and EU Sovereignty”.

The talk is organized by TU Darmstadt and will be moderated by Ahmad Reza Sadeghi from the TU Darmstadt University.

Here, a small teaser about what points Prof. Dr. Dmitrienko will talk about during her speech:

“Many countries have introduced and deployed digital contact tracing apps to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. They range from heavily centralized to completely decentralized approaches, each with its own advantages and disadvantages in terms of tracing effectiveness and impact on user privacy. During the dynamic evolution of these approaches, surprisingly, Google and Apple established an unprecedented friendship and agreed on a very special scheme for contact tracing, realizing this in the form of an API called GAEN that they quickly integrated into their mobile operating systems. A multitude of nationally rolled out tracing apps are now based on the GAEN approach. We will discuss problematic aspects and threats that the GAEN approach creates through its security and privacy weaknesses but also through the threats that it poses on the European technological sovereignty as well as the public health system:

• Digital Contact Tracing: What happened to European technological and data sovereignty?
• What happens if Google and Apple stop supporting their API or provide the app themselves?
• To what extent can sensitive information from GAEN-based app users be collected and shared?
• Despite solid alternative proposals from European scientists and experts for a digital contact tracing system, the EU has failed to establish a common system independent of giant data collectors. Why?"

For more information, please refer to the official CPDP website here.
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