(European Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security)

Workshop on the development of EuroSOUPS - Northumbria University, 24th November, 2010.

Contributions in the form of 2-page position papers are invited for a one-day workshop at Northumbria University, UK.

Information privacy and security requires technology, people, processes and policies. To design and deploy private and secure systems, we require an understanding of how people perceive, understand, and act on privacy/security risks and threats. The first Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS) was held July 6-8, 2005 at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, USA. Although SOUPS is an international conference, it is based in the USA. SOUPS has grown quickly with regard to the number of submissions and attendees and as a result we have collaborated with the SOUPS team and agreed to the formation of a EuroSOUPS. EuroSOUPS will offer the opportunity for academics, researchers and developers in the fields of privacy and security to discuss and present their work. This workshop is intended to bring together people with an interest in usable security and privacy from a wide variety of backgrounds to discuss, plan and develop EuroSOUPS into a working group.


  1. Discussion on how to run EuroSOUPS in collaboration with SOUPS
  2. Bring together a multidisciplinary community to organise and plan EuroSOUPS events
  3. Bring together a broad base of European usable privacy and security practitioners (currently mainly an American focus)


The following are the goals of the workshop:
  1. Identify members and structure for the working group
  2. Form collaborative networks for future research


The workshop will provide a forum for those interested in privacy and security to interact and discuss the development, structure and organisation of EuroSOUPS. The first session will include an overview of SOUPS and EuroSOUPS followed by a series of short presentations. Participants will be asked to give a brief overview of their work and ideas on how best to develop EuroSOUPS. Small, hopefully multidisciplinary, groups will use brainstorming activities to develop EuroSOUPS. The groups will swap ideas, evaluate and then refine them reaching agreement on how best to develop EuroSOUPS.


The workshop will provide a forum for researchers and practitioners interested in the privacy and security and the development of EuroSOUPS. Participants will be selected on the basis of their interest and familiarity with the topic. Contributions will be circulated beforehand and posted on the workshop website (under construction).


The workshop is designed as a one-day mix of presentations and group discussions. Please send your contributions by 1st October 2010 to Linda Little.

The 2-page submission should include a brief overview of the participants own research in the areas of privacy and/or security, their contribution to the fields and ideas on how to develop EuroSOUPS. Acceptance notifications will be sent on or before 22nd October 2010. Linda Little is also the point of contact for further information and informal expressions of interest.


  • 1st Oct 2010 : Position Paper deadline
  • 22nd Oct 2010: Paper acceptance notification
  • 10th Nov 2010: Accepted paper distribution
  • 24th Nov 2010: Date of workshop


Linda Little, Northumbria University, UK
Lynne Coventry, Northumbria University., UK
Liz Sillence, Northumbria University, UK
Pam Briggs, Northumbria University, UK
Lorrie Cranor, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Andrew Patrick, Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
Mike Just, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK
Karen Renaud, Glasgow University, UK
AaD van Morsel, Newcastle University, UK
Jeff Yan, Newcastle University, UK
Angela Sasse, University College London, UK

Please contact Linda Little for further information


  • A.J. Palmer, Position Paper: On Approaches for Selecting Automated Personal Identification Mechanisms pdf
  • T. Chothia, G. Singh, B. Smyth,Using Facebook to Reset Bank Passwords pdf
  • M. Didier and M. Volkamer,Usable Security and Privacy at the Technische Universität Darmstadt docx
  • I. Fléchais and S. Faily, Security and Usability: Searching for the philosopher´s stone pdf
  • M. Gibson,Opening the Web for all pdf
  • T. Henderson,Usable data-driven privacy research: should we be afraid of the Big (Bad?) Data Wolf? pdf
  • M. Just,EuroSOUPS: Increasing International SOUPS Participation pdf
  • L. Thomas,EuroSOUPS: Privacy, Technology Use and Location-Based Services pdf
  • V. Matyas and M. Kumpost, Laboratory of security and applied cryptography Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University Brno, Czech Republic pdf
  • S. Parkin, EuroSOUPS - Proposal of Topic for Discussion doc
  • K. Renaud, EURO Soups Position Paper pdf