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Computer security: transparency for your privacy

The Computer Security Team publishes its Digital Privacy Statement


The CERN Computer Security Officer and his team are mandated by the Organization to protect its users, the operations and reputation of CERN against cyber threats. In order to fulfil this mandate, prevention, protection and detection are key. The team therefore has the means to monitor any digital activity happening at CERN. We are well aware of the trust the Organization has put in us, and treat it with the highest care and integrity. Still, we would like to reaffirm our opinion that transparency in itself is paramount for any security service (see also our Bulletin article on “Transparent Monitoring for your Protection”).

The Computer Security Team’s Digital Privacy Statement describes under which circumstances and conditions the CERN Computer Security team gathers, accesses, uses and shares information about you or your usage of CERN's computing facilities and how the team protects this information. It lists our detection capabilities and how they concern your privacy. It sets the rules and regulations to which we are bound when accessing our monitoring information or, in very controlled cases, your data. While we acknowledge that such transparency might also play into the hands of attackers targeting CERN, we still believe that our transparency towards you is paramount, and you should be aware of our work.

Do you want to learn more about computer security incidents and issues at CERN? Follow our Monthly Report. For further information, questions or help, visit our website or contact us at Computer.Security@cern.ch.