Security & Privacy

Security and privacy research at MPI-SWS focuses on foundational and practical aspects of security, trust, privacy and accountability in computer systems. Recent research in the group has focused on Web browser security, privacy-preserving Web analytics and advertising systems, trustworthy storage, anonymity networks, formal analysis of security properties, privacy-preserving mobile applications, privacy and trust in online social networks and accountability in distributed systems.


MPI-SWS releases the first data anonymization tool as part of the Open Diffix project.

March 2022
The Open Diffix project releases "Diffix for Desktop", the world's simplest strong data anonymization tool.

MPI-SWS research on COVID19 apps covered by the Linux Public Health Foundation

September 2021
Elissa Redmiles and collaborators have investigated how to most effectively and ethically advertise COVID19 contact tracing apps.

MPI-SWS research featured in Rolling Stone, El Pais, and NetzPolitik

August 2021
Elissa Redmiles' research on the shift toward digital sex work and digital discrimination against European sex workers has been featured in Rolling Stone, El Paias, and NetzPolitik.

MPI-SWS research on safety of European sex workers receives USENIX Security Distinguished Paper Award

August 2021
A 2021 USENIX Security Symposium Distinguished Paper Award was given to work by Elissa Redmiles on the digital safety of European sex workers.

Ralf Jung receives ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award Honorable Mention

July 2021
Ralf Jung's doctoral dissertation on "Understanding and Evolving the Rust Programming Language" has received the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award Honorable Mention.