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Tara Whalen Tara Whalen
Research Lead

Tara Whalen is Privacy Research Engineering Lead at Cloudflare. She previously worked as a Privacy Engineer at Google and Apple, and as an IT Research Analyst at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. Tara obtained a Master of Laws (with a Concentration in Law and Technology) and conducted post-doctoral research in computer security after receiving a PhD in computer science. Tara’s professional experience in the information security and privacy fields includes roles in research labs, academia, federal government institutions, and the private sector.
Her research interests include usable security and privacy, as well as technology policy. She also contributes to Internet standards, as a member of ICANN’s Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) and having chaired the W3C’s Privacy Interest Group (PING).

Research Areas

Privacy, Usable security and privacy, Authentication



2022Might I Get Pwned: A Second Generation Compromised Credential Checking Service

31th USENIX Security Symposium (USENIX Security 22).
Bijeeta Pal, Mazharul Islam, Marina Sanusi Bohuk, Nick Sullivan, Luke Valenta, Tara Whalen, Christopher A. Wood, Thomas Ristenpart, Rahul Chattejee

2022Let The Right One In: Attestation as a Usable CAPTCHA Alternative

Eighteenth Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS 2022), Boston, MA. 2022.
Tara Whalen, Thibault Meunier, Mrudula Kodali, Alex Davidson, Marwan Fayed, Armando Faz-Hernandez, Watson Ladd, Deepak Maram, Nick Sullivan, Benedikt Christoph Wolters, Maxime Guerreiro, Andrew Galloni

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