Timothy Libert is a Staff Privacy Engineer at Google where he manages several internal-facing privacy policies and related compliance tasks. Immediately prior to Google he was co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of webXray, a member of faculty at Carnegie Mellon University's Privacy Engineering MSIT program, and a researcher at CMU's CyLab. During this time, he consulted extensively with national- and state-level privacy regulators and civil litigants in high-profile data protections suits.
Hundreds of news articles, in a variety of languages and countries, have covered his research on privacy in the realms of personal health, sexuality, and news media. He has been interviewed by National Public Radio's All Things Considered, Good Morning America, and other prominent media outlets. He has written editorials in The New York Times, The Guardian, and STAT. He received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and has previously held research positions at the University of Oxford, Central European University, and the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society.
He has published peer-reviewed research in The Web Conference (WWW), Web Science, New Media and Society, The Communications of the ACM, The BMJ (British Medical Journal), Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), and other venues.
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Current professional title:
- Staff Privacy Engineer, Large Advertising Company
Former professional titles:
- Special Faculty, Privacy Engineering, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University.
- Core Faculty, CyLab Security and Privacy Institute, Carnegie Mellon University.
- Co-Founder and Chief Technologist, webXray.
- Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Oxford.
- Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Pennsylvania.
- Research Fellow, Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society.
- Research Fellow, Center for Media, Data, and Society, Central European University.
How to contact me:
- If you really need to, I'm sure you can find a way.
The following are courses I taught or co-taught:
- Current Topics in Privacy
- Engineering Privacy in Software
- Privacy by Design
- Information Technology Policy: Evidence, Communication, & Advocacy
The following are research manuscripts I wrote or co-wrote:
- Prevalence of Third-Party Tracking on COVID-19– Related Web Pages, McCoy et al, 2020.
- Good News for People Who Love Bad News: Centralization, Privacy, and Transparency on US News Sites, Timothy Libert, Reuben Binns, ACM Conference on Web Science, 2019.
- Tracking sex: The implications of widespread sexual data leakage and tracking on porn websites Elena Maris, Timothy Libert, Jennifer Henrichsen, Preprint, 2019.
- An Automated Approach to Auditing Disclosure of Third-Party Data Collection in Website Privacy Policies, Timothy Libert, The Web Conference (WWW2018), 2018. Best Paper Nominee.
- Third Party Tracking in the Mobile Ecosystem, Reuben Binns, Ulrik Lyngs, Max Van Kleek, Jun Zhao, Timothy Libert, Nigel Shadbolt, ACM Conference on Web Science, 2018. Best Paper.
- Track the Planet: A Web-Scale Analysis of How Online Behavioral Advertising Violates Social Norms (Dissertation), Timothy Libert, 2017.
- Privacy Implications of Health Information Seeking on the Web, Timothy Libert, Communications of the ACM, 2015.
- What web browsing reveals about your health, Timothy Libert, David Grande, David Asch, The British Medical Journal (BMJ), 2015.
- Exposing the Hidden Web: Third-Party HTTP Requests On One Million Websites, Timothy Libert, International Journal of Communication, 2015.
- Most research data is available on request, please see my curriculum vitæ for papers in review and revision.
The following are software tools I have released open-souce:
The following are white papers I wrote, co-wrote, or contributed to:
- Changes in Third-Party Content on European News Websites after GDPR, Timothy Libert, Lucas Graves, and Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford, 2018.
- Third-Party Web Content on EU News Sites: Potential Challenges and Paths to Privacy Improvement, Timothy Libert and Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford, 2018.
- Data and Discrimination: Collected Essays, Various Authors, Open Technology Institute / New America Foundation, 2014
The following are editorial pieces I wrote or co-wrote:
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