Most EU citizens are concerned about online privacy. EPRIVO aims at building a European data-driven observatory that automatically looks for online services that do not respect our privacy rights.
Internet services are known to collect large amounts of personal information (PI). As a result, more than half of EU citizens are concerned about their online privacy. In this context, data brokers are companies devoted to collect and sell PI to other companies. Data brokers are often implemented as third-party trackers, which allow them to gain visibility across the Internet. Recent works show that collected PI is not only used for targeted advertising, but also for more obscure practices, such as price discrimination, background scanning, phishing or identity theft.
In this project, you will collaborate in the development of EPRIVO, the first European-wide online privacy observatory. EPRIVO will continuously scan the Internet, from multiple locations across Europe, in the search of third-party trackers that do not respect basic privacy rights and current EU regulations (GDPR 2016/679). Quantitative results will be published through an online service developed within the project. Such results will be useful to Internet users, policy makers, website owners and researchers.