Liz Steininger

Liz Steininger is the CEO/Managing Director of Least Authority in Berlin, a company supporting people’s right to privacy through security consulting and building secure solutions. Prior, she managed financing for Internet freedom projects at the Open Technology Fund. Liz has over 18 years of experience as a Project Manager, Program Manager and Analyst on numerous tech development projects in both private companies and public organizations. She holds an M.S. in Management & Technology from Carlow University (2007) and B.S. in Digital Media from Drexel University (2001) in the United States of America.


Introduction to Privacy Enhancing Technology

Privacy Enhancing Technologies have been developed to help people retain control over and protect their personal data. Maintaining the confidentiality and integrity of data is challenging with digital technologies making copying and storing data low-to-no cost and the internet allowing data to be shared more easily. Privacy Enhancing Technologies take various approaches to this such as data minimization, pseudonymity, anonymity, obfuscation, design transparency and informed consent, along with utilizing system designs such as decentralization and capability-based security. Technological approaches for PETS include PKI encryption, mixing/decoys, homomorphic encryption, secure multi-party computation, zero-knowledge proofs and other innovative algorithmic approaches to data management.