CERN Computing Seminar

How to (try to) maintain your privacy online

by Liviu Valsan (CERN)

Vidyo Computing Seminars (CERN)

Vidyo Computing Seminars




We are living at a time of great convenience, being always connected and having a wealth of information at our fingertips. We ask our smartphones or voice assistance all kinds of things, from how's the weather to navigation directions and even to making phone calls on our behalf. Our data is always available and secured into the cloud. And the best part of all of this, it’s free.

Or is it? As it turns out, if you are not paying for it, you're not the customer; you're the product being sold. As Edward Snowden puts it: “Arguing that you don't care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don't care about free speech because you have nothing to say”.

But how exactly do the tech giants get to know us better than our spouses and closest friends? And more importantly how can you (attempt) to preserve your online privacy? This talk attempts to give an overview of the variety of means that public cloud giants collect data on their users and what’s their business model. It will be followed by practical steps that one can take in order to try to preserve their privacy online.

About the speaker

Liviu Valsan is a member of the CERN Computer Security Team, leading the design and implementation of the CERN SOC.

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Organized by

Stefan Lüders/CERN and Vincenzo Ciaschini‎/CNAF

Logistics: Miguel Angel Marquina - IT Department
CERN Computing Seminars and Colloquia

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