SPY – Surveillance, Privacy, and You
19 May 2019, Darmstadt, Germany


Despite decades of development of modern cryptography promising to protect our privacy, we live in a golden age of surveillance. Government agencies are collecting more data than ever. Facebook data regarding 87 million users was used by Cambridge Analytica to manipulate elections. Android apps can and do track your location even when you turn off Location History. An Oregon couple reported that their Amazon Echo had recorded a private conversation and sent the recording to someone on their contact list. In the past decade, 176 million health-care records have been reported stolen in the U.S. alone. Regarding protection of user privacy, Apple CEO Tim Cook admits that "the free market is not working". This workshop will feature several talks on the current situation and prospects for the future.

SPY is an affiliated event of Eurocrypt 2019 (19–23 May 2019).




The workshop follows the schedule for the Eurocrypt affiliated events. For details see here.


Registration is handled together with the Eurocrypt registration. See their registration page.

Practical stuff

For all practical information see the travel, accommodation, and visa information pages of the Eurocrypt conference.


We acknowledge support by the following organizations (in alphabetical order):

CASA logo CASA – Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries
CROSSING logo CROSSING – Cryptography-Based Security Solutions: Enabling Trust in New and Next Generation Computing Environments
TU/e logo Eindhoven University of Technology

Last modified: 2019.05.16