Privacy and Identity Management

About us

The Privacy Technologies Team is a subgroup within COSIC with a broad interest in online privacy studies and expertise in designing, analysing and implementing privacy enhancing technologies.

We do both theoretical research on the nature of identity and privacy protection, and also more applied work and consultancy related to identity card schemes and anonymity infrastructures.

Research topics

  • Anonymous Communication Networks
  • Traffic Analysis Attacks and Countermeasures
  • Biometric profiling, recognition, template protection and multi-factor authentication
  • Internet of Things, Internet of Everything
  • User and behavior profiling
  • Applied Cryptography
  • Web tracking and fingerprinting
  • Privacy in Social Media
  • Interdisciplinary Aspects of Privacy
  • Privacy and security by design
  • Privacy in mobile applications



  • Privacy Technologies (B-KUL-H09L2A): This is an optional course of the Master in Electrical Engineering, available to all KU Leuven and Erasmus students. The course takes place in the first term and amounts to 3 ECTS credits.
  • Privacy and Big Data (B-KUL-H00Y2A): This is a course of the Master in Artificial Intelligence, option Big Data. The course takes place in the first term and amounts to 4 ECTS credits.

Recent Key Publications

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