Privacy/Privacy Lab/London

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What is Privacy Lab?

Privacy Lab is a regular meetup for privacy minded people to foster communication and collaboration. London Privacy Lab is new and we hope you'll join us! Privacy Lab San Francisco has been meeting for about a year and a half. You can find recordings of their speakers on Air Mozilla.

The goal of these events is to bring together people who work in the privacy space from different perspectives - people who may not regularly talk to each other - policy people, techies, activists, and academics at big companies, startups, universities, libraries, NGO's, foundations, civil society and more - that's one of the benefits of attending. You'll have an hour on the topic of the evening followed by an hour to talk to each other.

If you enjoy talking privacy - so much so that it's related to what you do for a living or how you volunteer your time - this is the event for you.

By attending, you'll be able to hear about what other people and organizations are working on, share what you're doing and look for new opportunities to collaborate and get involved.


We hope to hold London meetings quarterly throughout the year. Locations can rotate and new hosts are always welcome, so if you're interested in volunteering space or time, please let us know. Hosts are typically companies, NGOs, advocacy groups, and universities with space for 40-100 people and an interest in privacy topics. Larger venues typically include a guest speaker or several lightning talks, whereas smaller venues may focus on workshops or small group discussions.

Typically, the first hour is devoted to speaker(s) and Q&A, while the second hour is an open format designed around informal networking and small group discussions. It's also possible to devote the entire session to a more hands-on participatory workshop.

At some locations, we are able to record the speaker for future viewing. Check Air Mozilla for previous recordings. All of the Privacy Labs that were recorded on Air Mozilla are in the Privacy Channel:

Upcoming Privacy Labs

Planning a season of 4 events:

  • September 2018 - week commencing 17th.
  • November 2018 - week commencing 26th.
  • January 2019 - week commencing 28th.
  • March 2019 - week commencing 18th.

For further information please see the open planning discussion over on Mozilla's community Discourse forum, or contact David Ross (below). We'd love to collaborate.


  • January 28, 2017 at Mozilla London for International Privacy Day! Air Mozilla archive.
    • Lukasz Olejnik and Gosia Rybakowska - 'Privacy for the Modern Web'
    • Eva Blum-Dumontet on 'Women & Minorities in the Age of Data Exploitation'
    • Vasilios Mavroudis - 'Talking Behind Your Back - On the Privacy of the Ultrasound Ecosystem'
  • October 26, 2016 at Mozilla London.
    • Renate Samson from Big Brother Watch
    • Camilla Graham-Wood from Privacy International
    • Chris Jeffery from Taylor Wessing
    • Rich Metson and Pontus Schönberg from OffGrid, the privacy game
  • June 13, 2016 at Newspeak House. Air Mozilla archive. We had a lively discussion of the UK IP Bill led by two panelists,
    • Caroline Wilson Palow from Privacy International
    • Jim Killock from Open Rights Group
    • moderated by Mozilla's own Raegan MacDonald.

For Mozilla's view of the IP Bill, see Raegan's blog post from December 2015.

How to Attend Privacy Lab

You can click the link from our email invitations if you join our mailing list or click the events above. Note that by registering your interest via Tito, you will be added to our distribution list, so we can send you an email reminder or two. You can unsubscribe at any time.

We hope to see you attend and become part of the growing community of privacy advocates around the world. If you can't attend this time, we hope that you'll be able to make it to one of the future events. If you have ideas for hosting, sponsoring, presenting your project, or holding a workshop, find our contact details below.

Mailing List

Please join our mailing list so you can mark your calendar early for our next event.


We're building out our draft Github page where we will collate all community documents, tutorials, workshop code, and information on how you can contribute. Fork us if you have any suggestions or improvements.


  • For questions about London Privacy Lab - contact David Ross (davross at protonmail dot com).
  • For questions about Privacy Lab SF or global Privacy Lab events - contact Noah Swartz (swartzcr at gmail dot com) or Stacy Martin (stacy at mozilla dot com).

Code of Conduct

These Privacy Lab events are dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form. Event participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event at the discretion of the conference organizers.

Harassment includes verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, deliberate intimidation, stalking, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the event. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of event staff immediately.

Event staff will be happy to help participants contact venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.

We expect participants to follow these rules at all conference venues and conference-related social events.

In the event of a breach of these rules or if you have any questions, concerns, or requests please contact