Bicultural Search Engine Results from Cross-Campus Research

December 21, 2007

A Japanese version of the Carnegie Mellon-developed tool PrivacyFinder is now available, a result of collaborative research between main campus, Carnegie Mellon CyLab Japan, and other partners of the university. Kobe MSIT-IS alumna Mika Sashikata (Class of 2007) completed the Japanese version through work derived from her master's project, which was co-supervised by faculty members Dr. Lorrie Cranor and Dr. Nicolas Christin with assistance from Ph.D. student Serge Egelman.

Privacy Finder,, enhances the typical search engine experience of Yahoo! or Google by evaluating the privacy policy of retrieved Web sites against a user's pre-selected privacy preferences. PrivacyFinder was originally developed by Associate Research Professor Lorrie Cranor with the Carnegie Mellon Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory (CUPS).

The Japanese version, available at, accepts Japanese search queries and evaluates the specifics of Japanese privacy laws and certifications. The project is an example of the benefits that stem from Carnegie Mellon's global programs and international partnerships.