Workshop on Genome Privacy (July 15)

held in conjunction with the 14th Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS 2014)

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Call for papers

1st PETS Workshop on Genome Privacy (GenoPri)
Held in conjunction with the 14th Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium

Amsterdam, Netherlands
July 15, 2014

Important Dates:


As a result of the rapid evolution in genomic research, substantial progress is expected in terms of improved diagnoses and better preventive medicine. The low cost of DNA sequencing will break the physician/patient connection, because private citizens (from anywhere in the world) can have their genome sequenced without involving their family doctor. An undesirable consequence of this technical progress is that genomics is becoming the next major challenge for privacy, because (i) genetic diseases can be unveiled, (ii) the propensity to develop specific diseases (such as Alzheimer’s) can be revealed, (iii) a volunteer, accepting to have his genomic code made public (as has already happened), can leak substantial information about his ethnic heritage and the genomic data of his relatives, and (iv) complex privacy issues can arise if DNA analysis is used for criminal investigations and medical purposes. Such issues could lead to genetic discrimination.


The workshop will explore the privacy issues raised by genomics and the main envisioned solutions. It will include a tutorial and a survey of the field.

Topics to be addressed include, but are not limited to:

Researchers unfamiliar with the topic may want to check:

No Proceedings:

The GenoPri workshop has no official proceedings. Selected papers will be made available online. They will not be included in PETS proceedings, not to preclude later publication of a full paper in other venues. If needed, authors may request workshop co-chairs to contact organizers of other venues to clarify the nature of GenoPri publications.

Submission Guidelines:

Papers to be considered include short (or position) papers (2 pages, not including references and appendices) and full technical papers (12 pages all included). In both cases, the used font should not be smaller than 10 and pages should have reasonable margins. Papers should not be anonymized.

The submission Web site is:

GenoPri Co-Chairs:

Program Committee: