Recovable Privacy

Project leader: dr. Jaap-Henk Hoepman, RUN (1 January 2010 till 1 January 2014)

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The project Revocable privacy tries to strike a balance between security and privacy. The starting point is that a system is set up in such a way that the privacy of the user is guaranteed unless he breaks the rules of the system established in advance. In that case his personal (user) details will be released, for example to the police. The aim of this project is to develop models, tools and techniques for this so-called revocable privacy. A lot of information, which could be privacy sensitive, is needed to counteract terrorism and cybercrime. That results in a tension between privacy and security that can be felt in a large number of public records. Examples are camera surveillance, the introduction of a system for road pricing, the national information centre of the KLPD (Dutch national police service), DigiD, or the Public Transport chip card.

Project results

A good cooperative relationship has been built up with the KLPD . A first result has already been achieved within this cooperation. This concerns a solution for the so-called tarpaulin cutters problem: there are cars that drive around surveying which lorries are present at the parking areas alongside motorways and what the cargo they are carrying. If the cargo is valuable then the thieves come back at night to cut open the tarpaulin and steal the cargo. An algorithm has been developed for a number plate detection system at these parking areas in order to get a grip on these thieves. If the same car is detected at more than four parking areas in a single day then the number plate is released. The KLPD is now examining if and how this algorithm can be implemented.

Follow-up activities

The project is still running. There are no known follow-up activities

Universities and partners involved

  •     Radboud University Nijmegen
  •     CWI
  •     ICTU
  •     TNO ICT