The Universitat Rovira i Virgili, in collaboration with the research institutions affiliated to the Campus of International Excellence Southern Catalonia (CEICS), is launching the Martí i Franquès research grants programme, a public-private cooperation designed to attract highly talented doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers to work on exciting research projects.
This programme honours the scientist Antoni Martí i Franquès (Altafulla, 1750 Tarragona, 1832), who made remarkable contributions not only to the fields of biology, physics and chemistry, but also to the economic development of Southern Catalonia.
He was the first scientist to accurately establish the composition of air.
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Our lives have hugely been impacted by the progress of new technologies that let allowed us, for example, to get access to information published everywhere, to buy in any shop of the world or to do the paperwork required for any public administration.
However, these innovations imply massive gathering of users’ personal data. These data are analyzed to reveal patterns, trends and associations, especially relating to human behavior and interactions.
Some governments and non-governmental organizations have become aware that the citizens’ privacy is jeopardized by the collection and processing of personal data resulting from corporate actions (some of which have gone into the media).
To prevent this kind of actions, the EU took a decisive step forward with the publication of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which came into force in May 2018.
purpose limitation; data minimization; accuracy; storage limitation; integrity and confidentiality (security); and accountability.
Nevertheless, these GDPR principles can be difficult for both companies and users to understand and implement. The companies need techniques to efficiently assess that the information collected and processed meets the regulation requirements, while obtaining immutable evidences that could be used in front of a third party (auditor, court, etc.
On the users side, every tool and application should help citizens to better monitor and audit their security, privacy and personal data protection, enabling them to become more engaged and active in the fight against cybersecurity, privacy and personal data protection risks.
Unfortunately, most users browse the Internet, chat and share information without worrying about their privacy, being unaware of the amount of data collected by big companies and data brokers.
The privacy policies, terms and conditions are accepted without being read, due to the complexity and length of the texts.
Hence, despite of the GDPR, there is a lack of mechanisms for managing and monitoring the personal data that is collected and processed.
The main goal of this thesis project is to develop new applications and technologies to let both service providers and users comply with the GDPR.
This objective can be decomposed into three more specific objectives : - Make it easy for service providers to request the consent of consumers to personal data collection, accumulation and processing.
This consent should be immutable, concise and transparent. - Create transparency and intervenability tools, whereby individuals can be aware of the data that have been collected on them and how they are being used, and also can manage them according to the GDPR.
Required Research Experiences
Skills / Qualifications
In general, be in possession of an official undergraduate degree, or equivalent, and of a master degree, and have passed a minimum of 300 ECTS credits during the course of their official university studies, of which at least 60 must be master s degree credits