Call for Papers

16th Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS 2016)
Darmstadt, Germany
July 19 – July 22, 2016
General information:
Submission server:

The annual Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS) brings together privacy experts from around the world to discuss recent advances and new perspectives on research in privacy technologies. PETS addresses the design and realization of privacy services for the Internet and other digital systems and communication networks.

PETS seeks paper and panel submissions for its 16th event to be organised by TU Darmstadt and held in Darmstadt, Germany, on July 19 – July 22, 2016. Papers should present novel practical and/or theoretical research into the design, analysis, experimentation, or fielding of privacy-enhancing technologies. While PETS has traditionally been home to research on anonymity systems and privacy-oriented cryptography, we strongly encourage submissions on a number of both well-established and emerging privacy-related topics.

New model as of PETS 2015: Papers undergo a journal-style reviewing process and accepted papers are published in the journal Proceedings on Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PoPETs). PoPETs, a scholarly, open access journal for timely research papers on privacy, has been established as a way to improve reviewing and publication quality while retaining the highly successful PETS community event. PoPETs is published by De Gruyter Open, the world's second largest publisher of Open Access academic content, and part of the De Gruyter group, which has over 260 years of publishing history. PoPETs does not have article processing charges (APCs) or article submission charges.

NEW as of PETS 2016: PETS 2016 also solicits submissions for Systematization of Knowledge (SoK) papers. These are papers that critically review, evaluate, and contextualize work in areas for which a body of prior literature exists, and whose contribution lies in systematizing the existing knowledge in that area. To be suitable for publication, SoK articles must provide an added value beyond a literature review, such as novel insights, identification of research gaps, or challenges to commonly held assumptions. SoK papers will follow the same review process as other submissions, and will be published in PoPETs and presented at the PETS 2016 event.

Authors can submit papers to PoPETs four times a year, every three months on a predictable schedule. Authors are notified of the decisions about two months after submission. In addition to accept and reject decisions, papers may be provided with ‘major revision’ decisions, in which case authors are invited to revise and resubmit their article to one of the following two submission deadlines. We endeavor to assign the same reviewers to revised versions. Papers accepted for publication within or before the February deadline round will be presented at that year's symposium. Note that accepted papers must be presented at PETS.

Submit papers for PoPETs 2016, Issue 4 at Please see the submission guidelines below, and view our FAQ for more information about the process.

Important Dates for PETS 2016

All upcoming deadlines are 23:59:59 American Samoa time (UTC-11)

Issue 1:
Paper submission deadline: April 15, 2015 (firm)
Rebuttal period: May 23 – 25, 2015
Author notification: June 15, 2015
Camera-ready deadline for accepted papers and minor revisions (if accepted by the shepherd): July 15, 2015

Issue 2:
Paper submission deadline: August 31, 2015 (firm)
Rebuttal period: October 12 – 14, 2015
Author notification: November 2, 2015
Camera-ready deadline for accepted papers and minor revisions (if accepted by the shepherd): December 2, 2015

Issue 3
Paper submission deadline: November 30, 2015 (firm)
Rebuttal period: January 11 – 13, 2016
Author notification: February 1, 2016
Camera-ready deadline for accepted papers and minor revisions (if accepted by the shepherd): March 1, 2016

Issue 4:
Paper submission deadline: February 29, 2016 (firm)
Rebuttal period: April 11 – 13, 2016
Author notification: May 2, 2016
Camera-ready deadline for accepted papers and minor revisions (if accepted by the shepherd): June 2, 2016

Papers which were submitted to a previous PETS deadline and invited to resubmit after major revisions can submit the revised paper up to two weeks after the stated deadline. Such papers must however be registered by the usual deadline. Papers which were not submitted to a previous deadline or submissions which were rejected from a previous PETS issue must be submitted by the stated deadline. To be considered as a major revision, papers invited to resubmit must be registered in one of the next two rounds following the decision; otherwise the paper will be treated as a new submission.

Suggested topics include but are not restricted to:

General Chair (
Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi, TU Darmstadt
Program Chairs/Co-Editors-in-Chief (
Claudia Diaz, KU Leuven
Apu Kapadia, Indiana University Bloomington
Program Committee/Editorial Board:
Alessandro Acquisti, Carnegie Mellon University
Sadia Afroz, UC Berkeley
Elena Andreeva, KU Leuven
Adam Aviv, United States Naval Academy
Erman Ayday, Bilkent University
Lujo Bauer, Carnegie Mellon University
Mihir Bellare, University of California, San Diego
Steven Bellovin, Columbia University
Matt Blaze, University of Pennsylvania
Sonja Buchegger, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Kevin Butler, University of Florida
Aylin Caliskan-Islam, Drexel University / Princeton University
Jan Camenisch, IBM Research – Zurich
Kostas Chatzikokolakis, Lix Ecole Polytechnique
Graham Cormode, University of Warwick
Lorrie Cranor, Carnegie Mellon University
George Danezis, University College London
Anupam Datta, Carnegie Mellon University
Emiliano De Cristofaro, University College London
Roberto Di Pietro, Bell Labs France
Roger Dingledine, The Tor Project
Orr Dunkelman, University of Haifa
Serge Egelman, UC Berkeley
William Enck, NC State University
Roya Ensafi, Princeton University
Zekeriya Erkin, TU Delft
David Fifield, University of California, Berkeley
Bryan Ford, Yale University / EPFL
Ian Goldberg, University of Waterloo
Thomas Groß, Newcastle University
Carl Gunter, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Seda Gurses, NYU / Princeton University
Marit Hansen, Independent Centre for Privacy Protection Schleswig-Holstein
Nadia Heninger, University of Pennsylvania
Ryan Henry, Indiana University Bloomington
Cormac Herley, Microsoft Research
Amir Herzberg, Bar Ilan University
Alejandro Hevia, Universidad de Chile
Raquel Hill, Indiana University Bloomington
Jaap-Henk Hoepman, Radboud University Nijmegen
Nick Hopper, University of Minnesota
Amir Houmansadr, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Yan Huang, Indiana University Bloomington
Jean-Pierre Hubaux, EPFL
Rob Jansen, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Aaron Johnson, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Mohamed Ali (Dali) Kaafar, NICTA Australia
Seny Kamara, Microsoft Research
Jonathan Katz, University of Maryland
Stefan Katzenbeisser, TU Darmstadt
Aggelos Kiayias, University of Athens
Negar Kiyavash, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Bart Knijnenburg, Clemson University
Yoshi Kohno, University of Washington
Tanja Lange, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
Peeter Laud, Cybernetica
Brian Levine, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Nick Mathewson, The Tor Project
Damon McCoy, New York University
Tyler Moore, University of Tulsa
Steven Myers, Indiana University Bloomington
Martin Mulazzani, SBA Research
Shirin Nilizadeh, UCSB
Helen Nissenbaum, New York University
Guevara Noubir, Northeastern University
Kenny Paterson, Royal Holloway, University of London
Adrian Perrig, ETHZ
Bart Preneel, KU Leuven
Thomas Ristenpart, University of Wisconsin‑Madison
Mike Rosulek, Oregon State University
Reihaneh Safavi-Naini, University of Calgary
Angela Sasse, University College London
Micah Sherr, Georgetown University
Adam Smith, Pennsylvania State University
Thorsten Strufe, TU Dresden
Paul Syverson, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Patrick Traynor, University of Florida
Michael Tschantz, UC Berkeley
Kami Vaniea, University of Edinburgh
Yang Wang, Syracuse University
Joss Wright, Oxford Internet Institute
Matthew Wright, UT Arlington
HotPETs Chairs (
Sadia Afroz, UC Berkeley
Moritz Bartl Renewable Freedom Foundation
Aaron Johnson, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
PET Award Chairs (
Nicholas Hopper, University of Minnesota
Carmela Troncoso, GRADIANT / IMDEA
Andreas Pfitzmann Best Student Paper Award Committee
Apu Kapadia, Indiana University Bloomington
Rachel Greenstadt, Drexel University
Nicholas Hopper, University of Minnesota
Carmela Troncoso, GRADIANT / IMDEA
Publicity Chairs (
Tariq Elahi, University of Waterloo / KU Leuven
Kat Hanna
Publications Chair (
Qatrunnada Ismail, Indiana University Bloomington
Stipend Chairs (
Nikita Borisov, University of Illinois - Urbana–Champaign
Roger Dingledine, The Tor Project
Kat Hanna
Andrei Serjantov
Local Organizing Team
Ann-Kathrin Braun
Thomas Schneider (family support, childcare)

Submission Guidelines
Papers to be submitted to the PET Symposium must be at most 15 pages excluding bibliography and appendices and 20 pages total in De Gruyter Open format (LaTeX template). PC members are not required to read the appendices, which should only be used to support evidence of the submission's technical validity, e.g., for detailed security proofs. Also, all papers must be anonymized (more information below). Papers not following these instructions risk being rejected without consideration of their merits.

Submitted papers must not substantially overlap with papers that have been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal or a conference with proceedings.

The paper should start with the title and an abstract. The introduction should give some background and summarize the contributions of the paper at a level appropriate for a non-specialist reader.

Anonymization of Submissions
All submitted papers will be judged based on their quality and relevance through double-blind reviewing, where the identities of the authors are withheld from the reviewers. As an author, you are required to make a good-faith effort to preserve the anonymity of your submission, while at the same time allowing the reader to fully grasp the context of related past work, including your own. It is recognized that, at times, information regarding the identities of authors may become public outside the submission process (e.g., if a pre-print is published as a technical report or on a pre-print server) – the PC will ignore this external information. Minimally, please take the following steps when preparing your submission:

Papers describing experiments with users or user data (e.g., network traffic, passwords, social network information), should follow the basic principles of ethical research, e.g., beneficence (maximizing the benefits to an individual or to society while minimizing harm to the individual), minimal risk (appropriateness of the risk versus benefit ratio), voluntary consent, respect for privacy, and limited deception. Authors are encouraged to include a subsection on Ethical Principles if human subjects research is conducted, and such a discussion may be required if deemed necessary during the review process. Authors are encouraged to contact PC chairs before submitting to clarify any doubts.

Accepted papers will be published as an Open Access Journal by De Gruyter Open, the world's second largest publisher of Open Access academic content, and part of the De Gruyter group, which has over 260 years of publishing history. Authors retain copyright of their work. Papers will be published under an open-access policy using a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs license.

Best Student Paper Award
The Andreas Pfitzmann PETS 2016 Best Student Paper Award will be selected at PETS 2016. Papers written solely or primarily by a student who is presenting the work at PETS 2016 are eligible for the award.

Papers must be submitted via the PETS 2016 submission server. The URL for Issue 4 is:

As with the last several years, part of the symposium will be devoted to HotPETs — the "hottest," most exciting research ideas still in a formative state. Further information will be published on the PETS 2016 website soon.

Panel Submissions
We also invite proposals of up to 2 pages for panel discussions or other relevant presentations. In your proposal, (1) describe the nature of the presentation and why it is appropriate to the symposium, (2) suggest a duration for the presentation (ideally between 45 and 90 minutes), and (3) suggest some possible presenters.

Submit your proposal in the same manner as a PoPETs paper by the February deadline. (All panel proposals received by the February deadline will receive full consideration for that year's PETS.) Please begin your panel title with "Panel Proposal:". The program committee will consider panel proposals along with other symposium events and will respond by the paper decision date with an indication of its interest in scheduling the event.