Lorrie Cranor Receives IAPP’s 2018 Leadership Award

By TAP Staff Blogger

Posted on April 5, 2018


Image: Prof. Cranor wearing password dressLast week, the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) honored Carnegie Mellon University professor Lorrie Faith Cranor with the 2018 Leadership Award. The IAPP Leadership Award is given annually to individuals who demonstrate an “ongoing commitment to furthering privacy policy, promoting recognition of privacy issues and advancing the growth and visibility of the privacy profession.”


Recognizing Professor Cranor’s many accomplishments in privacy, IAPP President Trevor Hughes said, “Lorrie Cranor, for 20 years, has been a leading voice and a leader in the privacy field. She developed some of the earliest privacy enhancing technologies, she developed a groundbreaking program at Carnegie Mellon University to create future generations of privacy engineers and she has been a steadfast supporter, participant and leader of the field of privacy for that entire time. Her merits as recipient for our privacy leadership award are unimpeachable.”


Professor Cranor is a Professor of Computer Science and of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University where she is director of the CyLab Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory (CUPS) and co-director of the MSIT-Privacy Engineering masters program. She teaches courses on privacy, usable security, and computers and society. In 2016, she served as the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Chief Technologist.


One of Professor Cranor’s first stints in privacy circles involved working on the World Wide Web Consortium’s Platform for Privacy Preferences project, an early protocol enabling websites to state the intended use of information collected about users. “I joined as one of the only engineers and there were a bunch of really knowledgeable lawyers who made sure I came up to speed on the privacy law and policy issues in a hurry,” Professor Cranor says. She became chair of the Platform for Privacy Preferences Project (P3P) Specification Working Group at the World Wide Web Consortium and authored the book Web Privacy with P3P (O'Reilly, 2002).


Professor Cranor has played a key role in building the usable privacy and security research community. In 2003 she was named one of the top 100 innovators 35 or younger by Technology Review magazine and in 2014 she was named an ACM Fellow for her contributions to usable privacy and security research and education.


In the following video, Professor Cranor discusses her professional path working in privacy and the importance of having engineers involved in privacy policy discussions.