The Invisible Trail: Pervasive Tracking in a Connected Age

December 10, 2015

Is your web browsing being invisibly tracked? Is your smartphone camera watching you? As our world becomes more computerized and interconnected, we find ourselves increasingly at risk of security breaches and invasions of digital privacy.

UW Assistant Professor Franziska Roesner, Computer Science & Engineering, discusses recent studies at the UW that explore how advertisers, social media sites, and others invisibly track your browsing, and how smartphone applications are able to access your camera, location and other sensitive information in ways you may not expect. Learn about improved systems, currently being developed at the UW, that can make your Web browsing safer and your smart phone better match your expectations.

Franziska Roesner, assistant professor, UW Computer Science & Engineering
Hank Levy, chairman and Wissner-Slivka Chair in Computer Science & Engineering, UW