MRMCD 2017

Konark Modi

Konark works as a Software Engineer with Cliqz- a novel search engine embedded in browser that focuses on privacy. With more than 3M users, Cliqz ensures user privacy and data security.
Helping Cliqz in making privacy a mainstream topic, Konark works on projects ranging across Privacy by design, Anonymous Data collection like Human Web, Human-web proxy network, Anti-Tracking etc.

Prior to Cliqz, Konark was working with one of the largest e-commerce website in India( in data platform and security team, solving interesting challenges related to data warehousing, business intelligence and data security.
As an active member of the community, he loves contributing and getting involved at various fronts in whatever way he can - be it through organising conferences for like-minded people or just disrupting social causes through technology.

His recent personal projects, in an endeavour to find and help organizations fix vulnerabilities have spanned across web browsers, health trackers, Government services, travel mobile apps to name a few.

Konark has been a speaker and presenter at numerous international conferences like Apache Big Data, Berlin BuzzWords, EuroPython to name a few.


Privacy by Design : Collecting data in a socially responsible manner without privacy side effects.
Konark Modi

Data from users is needed to build great products. Google, Facebook even Doubleclick would not be able to offer their services unless they had tons of data. No company or product is an exception, the current industry modus-operandi is "collect-as-you-can" and it is bound to produce privacy side effects.

We would like to share an alternative approach based on client-side aggregation. This talk will showcase how it is perfectly possible to collect and anonymously send data without any user identifiers or PII for building data driven products like a browser with a fully integrated search engine (Cliqz), Anti-tracking, Anti-phishing etc. without risking or compromising the users privacy at any time.