Carnegie Mellon University

Today technology and the data that it generates about us is so interwoven with our daily lives that it has become nearly invisible to users. Our cell phones gather GPS and use data, tracking our location. Applications we use store our credit card information and extensive activity logs. Smart home devices network with other devices in our home, all unseen.

Now, perhaps more than ever, it is imperative that we better understand key concerns related to securing and anonymizing data across an ever-growing range of technologies. Nowhere else can this be seen more acutely than in the various recent data breaches which have exposed countless users' private information and activity; data they believed to be safe and private.

Our research in Privacy and Security brings together a cross-disciplinary faculty to address the complex socio-technical challenges present. Whether it is exploring security concerns in ubiquitous computing, analyzing data collection and management practices in the Internet of Things, or studying how we can make privacy policies more useful, our faculty bring together their domain expertise to allow us to do groundbreaking work that touches the lives of millions.

Research Projects

IoT Expedition

Managing ​User Privacy on Smartphones

​Personalized Privacy Assistant

​Privacy and Access Control for Non-Security-Experts

Security Behavior Observatory

​Usable and Secure Passwords

​Usable Privacy Policy Project