The 8th Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS 2008)
Leuven, Belgium
July 23-25, 2008

The 8th Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium will bring together anonymity and privacy experts from around the world to discuss recent advances and new perspectives in privacy for the Internet and other communication networks.

The symposium seeks submissions from academia and industry presenting novel research on all theoretical and practical aspects of privacy technologies, as well as experimental studies of fielded systems. We encourage submissions from other communities such as law and business that present their perspectives on technological issues.

In a departure from previous years, the symposium proceedings will be available at the event, rather than after it. They will continue to be published in the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science series. More information is available in the call for papers.

Paper submissions are now CLOSED.

HotPETs submissions are CLOSED.

Nominations for the PET Award are CLOSED.

Important Dates:

Paper submission:February 19, 2008, 20:00 UTC
Author notification:April 8, 2008
HotPETs submission:April 11, 2008, 20:00 UTC
Camera-ready copy for proceedings:May 2, 2008

All deadlines are FIRM—no extensions.

About HotPETs:

A new feature this year is the HotPETs session. In addition to the usual "talk for 3-5 minutes on anything you like" rump session, there will be a session called HotPETs, at which you must be invited to speak (but of course all are encouraged to attend). For this session we invite submission of your hottest most exciting ideas that are still in a formative state. Submissions need not be technical in nature; we welcome challenges from other fields whereby our audience may learn about real world needs that require new research and solutions. Our intent is to bring new questions, approaches, and problems to our privacy community for discussion, feedback, and consideration of new approaches based on the diverse expertise of our attendees.

HotPETs speakers will get 10-15 minutes (exact schedule to be determined later) to present, and time will be allocated for discussion and feedback. HotPETs presentations will not be published in the PETS proceedings; this will allow authors to subsequently publish the work, either in a future PETS or elsewhere, when it is mature. If you wish to be invited to speak at HotPETs, send an application to <> by Friday, April 11, 20:00 UTC. An application consists of a description of the work to be presented, ranging from a 3-page extended abstract up to the length of a PETS submission. The HotPETs chairs along with selected other reviewers will choose a number of submissions to be presented in the HotPETs session. Since part of the goal of HotPETs is to generate discussion and feedback for burgeoning ideas during the session, there will be no detailed written feedback on submissions; only a one-bit accepted/not-accepted response will be provided. It is expected that speakers who are accepted for HotPETs will attend PETS and speak in the HotPETs session.