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FIDELITY Berichtzusammenfassung

Project ID: 284862
Gefördert unter: FP7-SECURITY
Land: France

Periodic Report Summary 1 - FIDELITY (Fast and trustworthy Identity Delivery and check with ePassports leveraging Traveler privacy)

Project Context and Objectives:
Significant efforts have been invested to strengthen border identity (ID) checks with biometrics Travel Documents embedding electronic chips (the "ePassport"). However, problems appeared regarding fraud in the ePassport issuing process, citizen losing control on their personal data, difficulties in certificates management, and shortcomings in convenience, speed, and efficiency of ID checks, including the access to various remote data bases.
FIDELITY is a multi-disciplinary initiative which analyses shortcomings and vulnerabilities in the whole ePassports life cycle and develops technical solutions and recommendations to overcome them. FIDELITY will demonstrate privacy enhanced solutions to:
• Secure issuing processes: authentication of documents, preventing impersonation fraud
• Improve ePassport security and usability: authentication processes, ID check speed, accuracy of biometrics, management of certificates, access to remote data bases, convenience of biometric sensors and inspection devices
• Better manage lost and stolen passports
• Strengthen privacy: privacy-by-design applied to all phases of the ePassport life cycle, systematic anomysation of data and separation of data streams, using novel privacy-enhancing-technologies
FIDELITY will strengthen trust and confidence of stakeholders and citizens in ePassports, provide more reliable ID checks, hence hinder criminal movements, and ease implementation of Entry/Exit (E/E) records, providing better analysis of migration flows.
FIDELITY solutions will be designed for backwards compatibility to be deployed progressively in the existing infrastructure. The FIDELITY consortium is composed of market-leading companies, innovative SME, renowned academia, ethical-sociological-legal experts, and end-users, which help to define requirements and recommendations and assess results. They will, together with the other partners, actively promote the project results towards stakeholders and international working groups that elaborate future ePassport standards

Project Results:
The FIDELITY workplan is structured of seven sub-projects (SP) shown hereafter together with the indication of their periods of activity.

SP1 : Transversal activities (M1 – M48)
SP2 : Requirements analysis (M1 – M9)
SP3 : Safe travel document issuance (M7 – M38)
SP4 : Chain of trust for current ePassport (M7 – M36)
SP5 : One stop check (M7 – M38)
SP6 : Travel document of the future (M4 – M48)
SP7 : Assessment (M32 – M48)

The work performance of FIDELITY since the beginning of the project per SP was as follows:
In SP1 the suitable management bodies, procedures and tools have been set-up. The project organisation, and collaboration tools such as project private website to support the communication and remote collaboration of the partners have proven to be efficient. The collaboration between the partners over the first project year has been excellent. An Advisory Board has been set-up composed of a variety of experts representing different stakeholders and countries. Two meetings have been organised in which important deliverables (drafts) were presented and discussed. The partners already prepared an impressive number of scientific publications and made presentations in important events such as ICAO TAG meetings. A public website has gone on-line and dissemination material such as leaflets and standard PPT presentations have been prepared. First working documents were issued from WP2 which studies ePassport related ethical, legal and societal issues.
SP2 was the first sub-project to kick-off the project RTD activities since it is elaborating the specifications for enhanced passports. Draft versions of the main deliverables D4.1 and D5.1 which specify the FIDELITY requirements for security and usability were prepared and presented to the FIDELITY Advisory Board (FAB) in September 2012. These documents were then finalised taking into account the feedback received from the FAB members.
SP3 started it work in M7 and was active only for the second half of the first project year. This sub-project progressed as planned in general in the first project year. Procedural and technological developments have been launched for evidence of identity trust enhancement, travel document issuance, and biometric data protection. From WP6 a survey on evidence of identity and recommendations were recorded in D6.1 and presented to the ICAO community. Work in WP7 and WP8 for travel document issuance and data protection were under development as planned. Some preliminary research results for duplicate enrollment checking and template protection are envisioned in the following project year.
Starting in M7, SP4 was active only for the second half of the first project year. The work carried out during this period allowed the partners to get distinctly closer to its overall goal of achieving a reliable security schemes for “trustable” verification, as expressed by the more specific objectives above. This assessment is based on the observation that (a) the current system with its weaknesses is now better understood by partners, (b) ongoing tasks are focussed on addressing some of these weaknesses in a way that avoids duplication of effort, and (c) initial results a shared on the website show are promising and interactions show a good degree of collaboration.

SP5: In the first work period, two of the workpackages composing SP5 were active: WP13 "ID claim verification" progressed on the study of anonmysation concepts and mechanisms and in the design of an architectural solution for collection of data from heterogeneous data sources. Regarding the datamining developments, the partners had to work on problems with getting access to information about the relevant data bases ethical concerns. WP14 "Secure and fast data exchange mechanisms for border crossing ID checks" was progressing as planned in schedule and targets. A first draft of deliverable D14.1. " Fuzzy and secure indexing algorithms for alphanumeric data" was elaborated and data collection activities were prepared in terms of modality and data capturing system.

SP6 started its work in M4. It provided a first version of the deliverable on “Data formats and application interface. It contains a detailed requirement analysis for the generation of travel documents, targeting at a solid balance between optical and electronic requirements. Special focus has been given to the definition of tables of mandatory and optional document security, material and chip features. Based on the analysis of current documents and infrastructure the partners also made a first preliminary proposal for the next generation e-Pass architecture.

SP7 starts much later but first discussions have been initiated regarding the practical organisations of the demonstrators

Potential Impact:
The main results of the FIDELITY project after 4 years will be in the domain of:
ePassport issuance:
• Recommendations for reliable breeder document management processes
• Recommendations for secure ePassport application processes
ID controls at borders:
• Secure, innovative, and user-friendly fixed and mobile terminals
• User-friendly ID checks with advanced “on-the-fly” biometric sensors
• Recommendations and concepts for the next generation of travel documents
• Recommendations on how to improve (end-to-end) security and the usability of ePassports
Management of certificates:
• Architecture and protocols for secure management of certificates, with and without PKI.
Ethical, legal and sociological aspects:
• Studies, guidelines and recommendations for the implementation of FIDELITY privacy-by-design principles.
Demonstration of solutions developed by FIDELITY based on a defined of scenarios including:
• A reliable ePassport issuance process
• One-stop-check solution for ID checks at borders
• ID check solution with a secure mobile inspection terminal,

A successful FIDELITY project will have a significant impact on:
Improvement of ePassport security throughout its entire life cycle:
• The ePassport issuance process
• The use of ePassport for ID checks at borders
• The revocation of lost and stolen ePassports.
Improvement of ePassport usability:
• More efficient ID checks at borders
• Better analysis of migration flows across borders
• Better analysis of criminal and terrorist movements across borders
Impact on the European citizen and the society
• Contribute to protecting society against crime and terrorism
• Improvement of ePassport holder’s privacy
• More user-friendly ID checks at borders
Strengthened competitiveness of the European security industry and security research community

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