Personal and Ubiquitous Computing

Call for Papers

Special Issue on Privacy and the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is attracting widespread societal interest. Edith Ramirez, FTC Chairwoman, sums the situation up succinctly:

“ ... companies are investing billions of dollars in this growing industry ... The IoT could improve global health, modernize city infrastructures, and spur global economic growth ... these potential benefits are immense, but so too are the potential risks ... Connected devices ... are also collecting, transmitting, storing, and often sharing vast amounts of consumer data, some of it highly personal, thereby creating a number of privacy risks. [1]

Mitigating the risks to privacy occasioned by widespread sensing and data collection is key to building societal trust into the IoT. Current industry solutions emphasize encryption, but there is more to privacy than confidentiality of data at rest or in motion. Furthermore, encryption often won’t stop industry accessing personal data, and metadata can be as or more revealing than data itself. This special issue seeks to open up the design space and consider what more is involved in addressing the privacy risks occasioned by the IoT than security. We invite original and adventurous contributions that explore and elaborate the core privacy challenge from multidisciplinary perspectives.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to,

  1. Social/legal/ethical perspectives on personal data, privacy and IoT development

  2. HCI/CSCW/UbiComp perspectives on personal data, privacy and IoT development

  3. Design challenges occasioned by informed consent in the IoT

  4. Empirical studies of digital privacy practices informing IoT development

  5. In-the-wild IoT deployments or probes exploring and elaborating privacy challenges

  6. IoT and Human Data Interaction

  7. Privacy-preserving IoT models and platforms

  8. Accountability of IoT devices, applications, services, and analytics (algorithms)

  9. IoT and personal data management services

  10. Specific IoT applications enabling privacy protection

Accepted papers will ‘speak’ not only to home disciplines (e.g., the social sciences or law) but to IoT developers and thus clearly articulate distinct challenges for IoT development occasioned by the pressing need to enable privacy.

Important Dates

Submissions deadline: 3rd March 2017

First reviews due: 3rd April 2017

Revisions due: 28th April 2017

Second reviews due: 26th May 2017

Final manuscript: 30th June 2017

Publication date: July 2017


We seek submission of original papers presenting novel research addressing privacy challenges occasioned by the Internet of Things. Submissions must not be currently under consideration for publication in other venues. PUC’s Instructions for Authors are available here: Manuscripts should be submitted directly to Andy Crabtree, corresponding guest editor (see below), with the subject header ‘Special Issue on Privacy and the Internet of Things’.

Please note: all papers should be accompanied by a short statement outlining how they address the topics of the call; if you are in doubt as to whether or not your paper is on-topic please feel free to contact the corresponding guest editor to discuss this at any time prior to the submission deadline. Unfortunately papers that are not on-topic will not be reviewed, though if deemed to be of sufficient interest and quality the PUC editor will consider papers for standard submission to PUC.

Guest Editors

Andy Crabtree, University of Nottingham (Corresponding Guest Editor)

Alan Chamberlain, University of Nottingham (PUC Editor)

Richard Mortier, University of Cambridge Email:

Hamed Haddadi, Queen Mary University of London Email: