Yan Shvartzshnaider

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

  • Usable privacy and security
  • Sociotechnical systems and networks
  • Contextual Integrity: Theory and Applications

You can find more information on the Privacy Rhythm research lab website.


Yan Shvartzshnaider is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Lassonde School of Engineering at York University. He is the director of the Privacy Rhythm research lab.

Yan received his Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Sydney, Australia. His research focuses on sociotechnical systems that incorporate a socially meaningful conception of privacy which meets peoples’ expectations and is ethically defensible. His work addresses the fundamental mismatch between programmable privacy frameworks and the ever-shifting privacy expectations of computer system users.

Before York, he was an Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow in the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University and a visiting researcher at Digital Life Initiative in Cornell Tech and Center for Information Technology Policy in Princeton University.

Selected Publications


  • Data and Privacy in a Quasi-Public Space: Disney World as a Smart City
    Madelyn Sanfilippo and Yan Shvartzshnaider
    iConference, 2021
    (🏆 Winner of the Lee Dirks Award for Best Full Research Paper )
  • Disaster Privacy/Privacy Disaster
    Madelyn Sanfilippo, Yan Shvartzshnaider, Irwin Reyes, Helen Nissenbaum, and Serge Egelman,
    Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (JASIST), 2020
  • Going Against the (Appropriate) Flow: A Contextual Integrity Approach to Privacy Policy Analysis
    Yan Shvartzshnaider, Noah Apthorpe, Nick Feamster, Helen Nissenbaum
    In proceeding of the Seventh AAAI Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing (HCOMP) 2019
  • VACCINE: Using Contextual Integrity For Data Leakage Detection
    Yan Shvartzshanider, Zvonimir Pavlinovic, Ananth Balashankar, Thomas Wies, Lakshminarayanan Subramanian, Helen Nissenbaum and Prateek Mittal
    In Proceedings of the International World Wide Web (WWW) conference, 2019
  • Discovering Smart Home Internet of Things Privacy Norms Using Contextual Integrity
    Noah Apthorpe, Yan Shvartzshnaider, Arunesh Mathur, Dillon Reisman, Nick Feamster
    In Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies (IMWUT/UbiComp), 2018


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