Call For Participation

Workshop on Privacy and Accountability

28-29 June 2006 - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT Stata Center (Building 32)
32 Vassar St.Cambridge, MA USA
Held in Classroom 144

Workshop Homepage

Co-sponsored by PORTIA and TAMI projects


Increasing use of computers and networks in business, government, recreation, and almost all aspects of daily life has led to a proliferation of sensitive data about people and organizations. Concern about the ownership, control, privacy, and accuracy of these data has become a top priority legally, socially, and technologically. Many organizations have developed "privacy policies" (and other forms of "user agreements" and "partner agreements") in order to communicate to potential users and organizational partners the rules that govern their collection, mining, sharing, and retention of sensitive data. In addition to these private policies, processing of personal information on the Web is also governed by a range of legal requirements. Diverse technologies have been developed to enable anonymous or pseudonymous transactions, thus protecting stakeholders from abuse of their sensitive databy preventing the linkage of their data to their identities. Web standards have been set out to enable better communication of policies and preferences between data collectors and data subjects.

Despite all of this, policies, anonymizers, and pseudonymizers and even laws cannot be effective without enforcement and accountability.

Some Questions for Discussion

Workshop Goals and Scope

This workshop will bring together computer scientists, technology developers, lawyers, and other researchers interested in the general issues of accountability for and enforcement of rules for handling sensitive data. The main workshop goals are exchange of information about the state of the art in accountability and enforcement and formulation of research-agenda items, both short- and long-term, in this burgeoning area.


If you would like to participate in this workshop, please register by contacting the organizers as instructed below. A small amount of travel funding isavailable for participants who do not have access to other sources of support.

Workshop Organization



See the Workshop Agenda

The Workshop program will run from 9 am to 6 pm on both days. A dinner will be organized (but likely self-funded) on Wednesday evening.


The workshop will be held at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab in the Stata Center (Classroom 144) on the first floor of the building.

Directions to Stata and parking information.

Hotel Information

Important Dates

Date Event
28 May 2006 Request for travel support due
14 June 2006 Registration Deadline

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