Pedro G. Leon

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I am a Privacy Fellow at the Stanford's Center for Internet and Society working on the Usable Privacy Project. I got my Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, where I was part of the CyLab Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory. My dissertation focused on investigating different aspects of privacy notice and choice across various application domains with the goal of informing with empirical data the design of policy frameworks and technology solutions that can better protect Internet users' online privacy. I have done research on various privacy-related areas including, online behavioral advertising (OBA), financial privacy, web privacy, and social networks.

Broadly speaking, my research focuses on informing the design of both government and industry's policies to be able to achieve a balance between the benefits and potential risks of new information and communication technologies. I am particularly interested in the design of policies focused on privacy, security, telecommunications, and information transparency. In my Ph.D. research I used both quantitative and qualitative methods including usability testing, online surveys, interviews, statistical modeling, and large-scale analysis of companies' disclosed practices.

I obtained my masters degree in Information Security Technology and Management in 2010 from the Information Networking Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. And my bachelors degree in Telecommunications Engineering in 2003 from the School of Engineering at the National Autonomous University of Mexico

Before joining CMU I worked for the Central Bank of Mexico from 2003 to 2008. Previously I had worked as a research assistant supporting professor Rogelio Alcantara with the evaluation of adaptative filtering algorithms for digital communications. You can find more information about my professional experience and research interests by following the links on the left hand side of this web page.

I am certified as an Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) and Information Sytems Security Professional (CISSP).


Pedro G. Leon
Department of Engineering and Public Policy
Carnegie Mellon University
4720 Forbes Ave., CIC Building 2222F
Pittsburgh, PA 15213