Nikita Samarin


Nikita Samarin is a doctoral student in Computer Science at the EECS Department at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on computer security and privacy from an interdisciplinary perspective, combining approaches from human-computer interaction, behavioral sciences, law and policy. Samarin’s current projects examine the compliance of mobile apps with privacy regulation and security behavior of underrepresented and vulnerable populations. Past projects have also investigated the challenges to adoption of multi-factor authentication and security of machine learning algorithms. Samarin is a RSAC Security Scholar and the recipient of the Scottish Young Software Engineer of the Year Award for his work on biometric authentication as an undergraduate student. Before coming to Berkeley, Samarin has previously worked as a research assistant at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), the University of California, Irvine (UCI), and as a teaching assistant at the University of Edinburgh. He holds a BSc with Honors in Computer Science from the University of Edinburgh.

CLTC Grant Projects

  • Investigating the Compliance of Android App Developers with the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) (2021, 2022)
  • Examining the Landscape of Digital Security and Privacy Assistance for Racial Minority Groups (2021)

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