The CNIL and INRIA launch a European award to foster scientific research on privacy protection

09 February 2016

To celebrate European Data Protection Day, the CNIL and Inria launch a competition to reward a scientific article that contributes to the improvement of privacy protection. 

For the first time in 2016, the CNIL and Inria organise a European prize to award a scientific paper published in 2014 and 2015 with a significant contribution on privacy and personal data protection.

This award is intended to foster scientific research on privacy and personal data protection.

It is also an opportunity to raise awareness among the scientific community on data protection issues and the need to develop research projects in this area.

Relevant topics include:

  • Privacy by Design;
  • Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs);
  • Anonymisation;
  • Privacy Risk Analysis;
  • Control on personal data;
  • Accountability;
  • Transparency;

Papers must be the result of work carried out, at least in part, in a European research centre.

Prize winners will be invited to attend the Computers, Privacy and Data Protection Conference in January 2017, where they will receive their trophy. Award-winning articles will be promoted by the CNIL and Inria.

The competition is open for application until midnight 1 July 2016, inclusive.

The English version of the contest rules is available here.

Applications have to be sent to prix.cnil-inria[at]

The same address can be used for any information request about the award.


The Jury

The Award jury will be composed of 7 members:

3 prominent members of the research community:

  • Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye is a researcher in computational privacy at Harvard IQSS. He recently received his Ph.D. from the MIT Media Lab. His research aims at understanding how the unicity of human behavior impacts the privacy of individuals--through re-identification or inference--in large-scale metadata datasets such as mobile phone, credit cards, or browsing data. He graduated from Ecole Centrale Paris and is known for its work on the shortcomings of anonymisation (see full CV).
  • Claudia Diaz is a faculty member at the COSIC research group of the Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT) at the KU Leuven (Belgium). Her research is focused on computer security and privacy. She is currently the co-Chair of the Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS) and co-Editor-in-Chief of the associated PoPETs journal. She teaches two courses on Privacy Technologies and Privacy and Big Data at the KU Leuven (see full CV).
  • Josep Domingo-Ferrer is a Professor of Computer Science and an ICREA-Acadèmia Researcher at Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Catalonia, where he holds the UNESCO Chair in Data Privacy. He received his M. Sc. and Ph. D. degrees in Computer Science from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He also holds an M. Sc. in Mathematics. His research interests are in data privacy, data security, statistical disclosure control and cryptographic protocols, with a focus on the conciliation of privacy, security and functionality. Among other distinctions, he is an IEEE Fellow (see full CV).

2 representatives of the CNIL:

  • Gwendal Le Grand is the Director of Technology and Innovation at the CNIL, where he supervises the IT experts department, the IT operations department, the innovation and foresight unit, and the CNIL labs. He participates to the activities of the article 29 Data Protection Working Party (WP29), particularly to the work of the Technology Subgroup. He is is the liaison officer for the WP29 to ISO/IEC JTC1/SC27/WG5 which develops privacy standards at ISO, and is a member of the ENISA Permanent Stakeholders’ Group. Before joining the CNIL, he worked as an associate professor at Telecom Paristech, Paris. He received his PhD in computer science from the University of Paris 6 in July 2001.  
  • Matthieu Grall is Head of the Technology Experts Department at the CNIL. He helps the other CNIL’s departments and WP29 to apprehend complex systems and new technologies, as well as their stake with regards to privacy. He is involved in international standardization activities at ISO, in the field of information security and privacy. He is also chairman of the Club EBIOS (specialists in risk management), vice-chairman of the information security national commission of the French standardization body (AFNOR - Association française de normalisation), member of CESIN (Club des experts de la sécurité de l'information et du numérique) and ARCSI (Association des réservistes du chiffre et de la sécurité de l'information). With a background of information science and cognitive sciences, Matthieu Grall worked 10 years for the consultancy team of the French information security agency (ANSSI - Agence nationale de la sécurité des systèmes d'information).

2 representatives of Inria:

  • Daniel Le Métayer is Research Director at Inria and coordinator of the Inria Project Lab CAPPRIS (“Collaborative Action for the Protection of Privacy Rights in the Information Society”). The general goal of CAPPRIS is to foster the collaboration between research groups involved in privacy in France and the interaction between the computer science, law and social sciences communities in this area. Daniel Le Métayer previously was the head of the LICIT ("Legal Issues in Communication and Information Technologies") group within Inria. From 2000 to 2006, he worked for Trusted Logic, a leading company in security and open middleware for embedded systems. Daniel Le Métayer’s main research interest is the interplay between technology and law especially with respect to privacy protection (privacy risk analysis, privacy by design, accountability, etc.). (home page).
  • Claude Castelluccia is a Research Director at Inria, in the French Alps, where he leads the PRIVATICS team (Privacy Models, Architectures and Tools for the Information Society).  The goals of the Privatics team are to study the new privacy threats introduced by the information society and design privacy-preserving solutions to prevent or at least mitigate them. The project follows a multidisciplinary approach. It focuses on technical and scientific problems, but also considers the economical, legal and social aspects of privacy. Claude has held visiting research positions at UC Irvine and Stanford University, USA. His past research interests include networking, Internet protocols, network security and applied cryptography. His current research is on Internet privacy and security with a focus on anonymized analytics, data anonymization, data transparency and Internet-based surveillance analysis. He is also interested in the economical and legal aspects of data privacy. He have chaired and participated in many PC Committees (ACM CCS, PETS, Wisec,...), co-founded the ACM WiSec conference, and advised more that 10 phd students.

This initiative is part of the partnership agreement signed by the CNIL and Inria in 2011. This partnership has already resulted in joint research projects, such as MOBILITICS on "The dark side of smartphones", which aims to conduct an in-depth analysis of the personal data that is recorded, stored, disseminated and thus encourage future innovations and new sustainable services to protect the rights of users.



Inria, the research institute dedicated to computer science, promotes "scientific excellence in service of technology transfer and society as a whole". Inria's 2,700 employees are graduates from the world's top universities. Their work involves rising to the challenges of computer science and mathematics. Thanks to its open and agile model, Inria is able to explore new and original ways of working with its industrial and academic partners. This enables Inria to be highly responsive to the multidisciplinary and applicative challenges of the digital transition. Inria researchers have developed many innovative technologies that create value and jobs.


The CNIL is an independent administrative authority which is responsible for ensuring compliance with the provisions of the French Data Protection Act. It has the power to advise, control and sanction. It analyses the potential impacts of technological innovations and the use of digital technology on privacy and freedom. The CNIL is a member of the Allistene Digital Science and Technology Alliance Research Ethics Committee. It is also a partner of Institut Mines-Télécom's Chair Values and Policies of Personal Information. Finally, the CNIL organises awareness-raising campaigns with researchers, and supports research projects in the field of digital sciences.

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