Lukasz Olejnik – (Ab)using Web Sensors: Privacy for the Modern Web

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Lukasz OlejnikFor majority of users, web browser is the most important computer application. Increasingly complex, exciting and rich, features are standardized by W3C and implemented in web browsers on a normal basis. New browser features introduce interesting privacy challenges for standardization, research and development. I will demonstrate privacy analyses of a number of web browser mechanisms, discussing the past, present and future. I will detail modern and advanced web browser functionalities allowing to access information about the user’s system or the details about the user’s behaviour and his direct surrounding. Increasingly complex data provided by web browsers may mean that privacy impact assessments will be the standard in web application development.

Lukasz Olejnik is a London-based security and privacy consultant and a researcher at University College London. He completed his Computer Science PhD at INRIA (France). Prior to that, he worked at Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center, and CERN. His interests include information, computer security and privacy, especially web, mobile and Internet of Things and Web of Things security and privacy.

Lukasz published his works in top academic venues. He has publications spanning fields such as quantum cryptography, security and privacy. He authored a number of influential projects related to privacy. His recent project, SensorsPrivacy.com analyses privacy footprint of web sensors. Lukasz is a World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Invited Expert where he works on privacy aspects of web standards. He advises to the National Security Bureau of the Republic of Poland’s Cybersecurity Expert Group.