The evolution of Web technologies has increased collection, processing and publication of personal data. Privacy concerns are raised more often as applications built on the Web platform have access to more sensitive data — including location, health and social network information — and users' activity on the Web is ubiquitously tracked. The W3C Privacy Activity coordinates standardization work to improve support for user privacy on the Web and develops general expertise in privacy-by-design for Web standards.
Privacy Interest Group
The group monitors ongoing privacy issues that affect the Web, investigates potential areas for new privacy work, and provides guidelines and advice for addressing privacy in standards development.
Christine Runnegar (Internet Society) and Tara Whalen (Google) are co-chairing the group. Nick Doty (W3C) is the Team Contact.
Want to learn more? Please join the group and the mailing list. (Non-Members may join the group as public Invited Experts.)
Privacy Interest Group Meetings
Next call: 14 May 2015
9am PT, 12pm ET, 6pm CET
Please also join us in IRC in the #privacy room.
- Server: irc.w3.org
- Username: <your name>
- Port: 6667 or 6665
- Channel: #privacy
Please contact the W3C staff with questions or suggestions for these groups or W3C privacy work.
Tracking Protection Working Group
W3C Workshop on Privacy and User-Centric Controls
20-21 November 2014, Berlin; Workshop homepage
Next steps on trust and permissions for Web applications
3-4 September 2014, Paris; Workshop homepage
Workshop on Strengthening the Internet
28 February - 1 March 2014, London; Workshop homepage
Workshop: Do Not Track and Beyond
26-27 November 2012, Berkeley; Workshop report
Tracking Protection Working Group Face-to-Face Meetings
Workshop on Web Tracking and User Privacy
28-29 April 2011, Princeton; Workshop report
Federated Social Web Summit Europe
On Social Web interoperability, standards and privacy
3-5 June 2011, Berlin: Workshop site
Internet Privacy Workshop (IAB/W3C/ISOC)
8-9 December 2010, MIT; Workshop homepage
W3C Workshop on Privacy and Data Usage Control
4-5 October 2010, MIT; Workshop homepage
W3C Workshop on Privacy for Advanced Web APIs
12-13 July 2010, London; Workshop homepage
W3C Workshop on Access Control Application Scenarios
17-18 November 2009, Luxembourg; Workshop homepage