Privacy in Statistical Databases 2016 (PSD 2016), Croatia, 14-16 September 2016

Publish Date: Sep 15, 2015

Deadline: May 01, 2016

Event Dates: from Sep 14, 2016 12:00 to Sep 16, 2016 12:00


Dubrovnik, Croatia, Sep. 14-16, 2016


Privacy in statistical databases is about finding tradeoffs to the tension between the increasing societal and economical demand for accurate information and the legal and ethical obligation to protect the privacy of individuals and enterprises which are the respondents providing the statistical data. In the case of statistical databases, the motivation for respondent privacy is one of survival: statistical agencies or survey institutes cannot expect to collect accurate information from individual or corporate respondents unless these feel the privacy of their responses is guaranteed.

Beyond respondent privacy, there are two additional privacy dimensions to be considered: privacy for the data owners (organizations owning or gathering the data, who would not like to share the data they have collected at great expense) and privacy for the users (those who submit queries to the database and would like their analyses to stay private). Co-utility has shown to provide sustainable solutions to user privacy.

"Privacy in Statistical Databases 2016" (PSD 2016) is a conference sponsored and organized by theUNESCO Chair in Data Privacy with proceedings published by Springer-Verlag in Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Generous support by the Templeton World Charity Foundation is acknowledged. The purpose of PSD 2016 is to attract world-wide, high-level research in statistical database privacy.

PSD 2016 is a successor to PSD 2014 (Eivissa, Sep. 17-19, 2014), PSD 2012 (Palermo, Sep. 26-28, 2012), PSD 2010 (Corfu, Sep. 22-24, 2010), PSD 2008 (Istanbul, Sep. 24-26, 2008), PSD 2006(Rome, Dec. 13-15, 2006) and PSD 2004 (Barcelona, June 9-11, 2004), all with proceedings published by Springer in LNCS 8744, LNCS 7556, LNCS 6344, LNCS 5262, LNCS 4302 and LNCS 3050, respectively. Those seven PSD conferences follow a tradition of high-quality technical conferences on SDC which started with "Statistical Data Protection-SDP'98", held in Lisbon in 1998 and with proceedings published by OPOCE, and continued with the AMRADS project SDC Workshop, held in Luxemburg in 2001 and with proceedings published in Springer LNCS 2316.

Like the aforementioned preceding conferences, PSD 2016 originates in Europe, but wishes to stay a worldwide event in database privacy and SDC. Thus, contributions and attendees from overseas are welcome.


  • Josep Domingo-Ferrer (UNESCO Chair in Data Privacy, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Catalonia)


  • Mirjana Pejic-Bach (Faculty of Business & Economics, University of Zagreb, Croatia)


  • Ksenija Dumicic (University of Zagreb, Croatia)
  • Joaquín Garcia-Alfaro (Télécom SudParis, France)
  • Goran Lesaja (Georgia Southern University, USA)
  • Jesús Manjón (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Catalonia)
  • Tamar Molina (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Catalonia)

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • New anonymization methods for tabular data
  • New anonymization methods for microdata (including non-conventional microdata types such as trajectories, graphs, etc.)
  • Best anonymization practices for tabular data
  • Best anonymization practices for microdata
  • Co-utility for privacy preservation
  • Big data anonymization
  • Streaming data anonymization
  • Decentralized anonymization
  • Balancing data quality and data confidentiality in SDC
  • Differential privacy and other privacy models
  • SDC transparency issues
  • Onsite access centers
  • Remote access facilities
  • SDC software
  • Estimating disclosure risk in SDC
  • Record linkage methods
  • Real-life disclosure scenarios in EU-member states and abroad
  • Privacy preserving data mining (both cryptographic and non-cryptographic)
  • Private information retrieval
  • Privacy in web-based e-commerce
  • Privacy in healthcare
  • Privacy in official and corporate statistics
  • Other data anonymization issues


Full papers containing either original technical contributions or high-quality surveys on the conference topics or on related topics are sought.

A submission should be clearly marked either as an original paper or a survey. Submissions should contain a cover letter indicating:

  • whether the submission is a survey or an original contribution;
  • the title of the submission;
  • keywords classifying the paper topic;
  • the names and affiliations of authors;
  • the e-mail, telephone and facsimile numbers of the contact author.

Easychair submission link of PSD 2016:

Camera-ready versions of accepted papers should be prepared using the LaTeX2e style or the Word template of Springer Verlag Lecture Notes in Computer Science:

We encourage authors to use the above formats already for their submissions.


Using the above format with 11 point font, the paper should be at most 12 pages excluding bibliography and appendices, and at most 16 pages total. Committee members are not required to read appendices; the paper should be intelligible without them. Submissions not meeting these guidelines risk rejection without consideration of their merits.


Please download the copyright form, fill it in and send a scanned copy to psd2016 (at)

At least one author of an accepted paper must register by July 20th. A regular registration is required.


The conference will take place at the

Centre for Advanced Academic Studies of the University of Zagreb
Don Frana Bulica 4
20000 Dubrovnik, Croatia

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