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Designing Privacy-Aware Cloud Services

Designing Privacy-Aware Cloud Services

Supervisor(s): Immanuel Kunz
Status: open
Topic: Others
Type of Thesis: Masterthesis Bachelorthesis
Thesis topic in co-operation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied and Integrated Security AISEC, Garching


Lehrstuhl für Sicherheit in der Informatik Prof. Dr. Claudia Eckert

In cooperation with Fraunhofer AISEC

Designing Privacy-Aware Cloud Services

Motivation and Topic

Cloud backends are often used for hosting data-collecting services, such as backends of mobile apps. Designing such a service in a way that protects users’ privacy, however, is a challenging task. For instance, it needs to be defined which privacy goals, like anonymity and unlinkability, apply to which data flows, and how these goals need to be implemented in a concrete architecture.

A thesis in this subject area may deal with one or more of the following research questions:

  • One possible direction is the engineering of privacy requirements. This involves the question of what makes good privacy requirements and how to formalize privacy requirements, e.g. using ontologies or structured languages.

  • A further possible direction is the questio of how to translate privacy requirements into concrete designs. To that end, the thesis may focus on special kinds of requirements, like access control or data-dependent requirements.

  • Finally, privacy engineering needs to answer the question of how to integrate privacy engineering methods into existing software development processes, such as Scrum. In such an iterative development approach it can be challenging to integrate privacy (and security) requirements from the beginning of the development.

    A thesis in this subject area should have a methodological contribution as well as a supporting prototype implementation.


    Basic programming skills
    A preliminary understanding of abstract interpretation or the motivation to get into the topic

    An interest in transferring challenging theories into practical applications
    Ability to work self-directed and systematically


    Fraunhofer Institute for Applied and Integrated Security (AISEC) Immanuel Kunz
    E-Mail: immanuel.Kunz@aisec.fraunhofer.de
    Phone: +49 89 322-9986-179