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Providing Real Integration in Multi-disciplinary Environments

Project description


Integrating Technologies for the Fast and Flexible Manufacturing Enterprise
Information age, protecting privacy and identity

Using the internet to book a flight, purchase a book or network with friends may seem like a harmless activity. But in each of these online transactions we leave behind scraps of information about our personal lives that could be misused.

As information technology becomes more pervasive and more powerful, the risks of having our personal privacy violated or, worse, our identities stolen, have increased.

We expose a little bit more information about ourselves every time we fill out an online form, input our credit card number to make a purchase, or let a website store our personal data.

As anyone who has been a victim of online identity theft knows, in the current information age it has become too easy for criminals to join the dots linking our virtual and real lives.

Different IDs for different uses

But what if we could easily use different virtual identities in different situations to keep our true identities anonymous? And what if we could track every piece of personal data we revealed? Those two steps, say a team of European researchers, would greatly enhance privacy.

Working in the PRIME project, the team developed tools to achieve a greater degree of personal security for online users. One feature of their approach is the use of private credentials and digital certificates. These marry the need for accountability – such as proving a person is over 18 to enter some websites – with the need for anonymity.

Once they have been issued with a master certificate from a commercial identity provider, such as online payment operators, users can have different pseudonyms and identities on different websites by creating a number of anonymous sub-certificates for themselves. This ability protects their privacy and also allows issuers to revoke the master certificate if the user abuses the sub-certificates for other ends.

Keeping track of your personal data

The PRIME team also created a way to track what personal information is revealed to whom and a means to ensure the data is being used in compliance with the privacy policy the person accepted.

The project’s Data Track software tool lets people keep a record of what information they put online, just as the web history of a web browser records what websites they visit. The tool also lets the user query how that information is being used at a later date, helping to make sure that a particular website, online store or service provider continues to comply with their own privacy policies.

Sticky privacy policies

In addition, so-called ‘sticky’ privacy policies ensure that the agreement on personal information the person accepted for the website remains attached to their data even if it is passed between different organisations.

The project partners foresee a rapidly expanding market for privacy enhancing technologies, such as Data Track, as the internet starts to be used for an increasing variety of activities.

Such technologies should also help shore up internet users’ confidence in using the web for more activities, thus paving the way for more online services such as e-commerce, and e-government.

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-IST-NMP-2
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Coordinator

STIFTELSEN SINTEF
Address
Strindveien 4
7034 Trondheim
Norway
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 469 466

Participants (15)

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT OESTERREICH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 69 050
Address
Siemensstrasse 90
1210 Wien
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SOFIA UNIVERSITY ST KLIMENT OHRIDSKI
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 138 120
Address
Bul Tzar Osvoboditel 15
1504 Sofia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 202 747
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
VEREIN ZUR FOERDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTLICHEN FORSCHUNG IN DER FREIEN HANSESTADT BREMEN E.V.

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 218 040
Address
Hochschulring 20
28359 Bremen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BIBA - BREMER INSTITUT FUER PRODUKTION UND LOGISTIK GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 178 340
Address
Hochschulring 20
28359 Bremen
Activity type
Research Organisations
AALBORG UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 33 300
Address
Fredrik Bajers Vej 5
9220 Aalborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LEGO SYSTEM AS

Participation ended

Denmark
EU contribution
€ 21 900
Address
Aastvej 1
7190 Billund
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INTRACOM SA TELECOM SOLUTIONS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 39 000
Address
New Road Peania Markopoulo 19 7Km
19002 Peania
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INTRACOM S.A. HOLDINGS

Participation ended

Greece
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Odos Markopoulou 19,5 Km Ktirio B5 Mark X
19002 Peania - Attiki
Activity type
Other
KESZ KOZEP-EUROPAI EPITO ES SZERELC KORLATOLT FELELOSSEGU TARSASAG
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 31 950
Address
Izsaki Ut 4-6
6000 Kecskemet
Activity type
Other
ISRAEL AEROSPACE INDUSTRIES LTD.
Israel
EU contribution
€ 56 267
Address
Ben Gurion International Airport
70100 Lod
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MIP - CONSORZIO PER L'INNOVAZIONE NELLA GESTIONE DELLE IMPRESE E DELLA PUBBLICA AMMINISTRAZIONE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 133 920
Address
Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci 32 32
20133 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 48 667
Address
Strada Torino 50
10043 Orbassano
Activity type
Research Organisations
INTRAPOINT AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 336 394
Address
Beddingen 8
7014 Trondheim
Activity type
Other
ALFAMICRO-SISTEMAS DE COMPUTADORES, LDA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 272 670
Address
Alameda Da Guia 192 A
2750 368 Cascais
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)