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PrimeLife follow-up project ABC4Trust launched PDFPrintE-mail

PrimeLife follow-up project ABC4Trust launched

Anonymous credentials have been a major area of research within PrimeLife. PrimeLife considers this technology to be a key enabler for privacy-respecting identity management solutions. Therefore, we are happy that parts of the PrimeLife work will be continued by the Project “Attribute Based Credentials for Trust” (ABC4Trust) under the lead of Goethe University Frankfurt and participation of the PrimeLife partners IBM, Microsoft and ULD. ABC4Trust brings together the two leading implementations of credentials – IBM’s Identity Mixer and Microsoft’s U-Prove – and addresses the challenge of interoperability between these solutions.
Test Pilots will be launched in a secondary school in Söderhamn, Sweden, and at Patras University, Greece.
ABC4Trust has been formally announced with a press release on European Privacy Day 2011.


Privacy and Identity Management Research presented at the ICT Event 2010 in Brussels PDFPrintE-mail

PrimeLife project presents results and concepts at ICT 2010

Protecting a person’s privacy over a lifetime is a central research aspect of the PrimeLife project. Within PrimeLife, researchers have developed several prototypes and demonstrators that allow addressing some of the identified key issues conflicting with lifelong privacy. The solutions are published on the projects website PrimeLife’s prototypes range from tools to display privacy settings over a fully functioning privacy-enhanced social network and suites to deploy privacy-preserving identity management for company IT infrastructures.

Besides providing tools and solutions, PrimeLife has also taken up the challenge to disseminate these results not only to research colleagues as well as to stakeholders in politics and industry, but also to citizens and end-users. At ICT 2010 organized by the European Commission PrimeLife will chair a Networking Session allowing active interchange between several EC-funded and national privacy projects related to privacy and identity management issues.

PrimeLife Stand at ICT 2010

PrimeLife’s exhibit (Stand ID: 2928, located in Zone R7) shows project prototypes covering the different areas of privacy-enhancing identity management: social networking, web transactions, and mobile computing. PrimeLife’s social networking prototypes, ‘Clique’ and ‘Scramble!’, illustrate how to reconcile privacy and sociality in social networks in a user-friendly way. The ‘privacy dashboard’ is a web browser plug-in that enables users to perform their day-to-day identity management on the web, including tracking their data disclosures and user support for exercising their privacy rights. Moreover, the PrimeLife booth highlights a privacy-enhanced Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) allowing a user to control disclosed personal data even in complex landscapes. PrimeLife’s ‘secure mobile device’ prototype demonstrates an Android-based security-enhanced mobile device, using a trusted hardware module that makes identity and privacy management features accessible to mobile users.

Session: Identity management throughout life – solutions, trends, side effects

The ICT 2010 networking session on identity management chaired by PrimeLife’s dissemination leader Marit Hansen is an opportunity to learn about EU projects that support e-services through identity management (IdM) used for authorisation, identification of users and privacy management.

Electronic identities create risks such as undesired identification and identity theft. With current mobility patterns and information sharing, the life cycle of IdM throughout a person’s life is challenging. How can IdM technology strengthen the privacy and security properties of applications? This session presents IdM research among others from the EU projects PrimeLife, TURBINE, PICOS, Semiramis and Norway’s PETweb II. Aimed at users and specialists with an interest in privacy, biometric template protection, and ImM, the session will be organised with short talks to foster collaboration. The aim is to create a cluster of projects and pilots to exchange results and reach out to IdM users to form a group interested in upcoming pilots and projects.


Software Downloads
Current identity management systems and schemas deployed by governments (e.g., in eID schemas) and by private companies (social networks, long-term data storage and retention) have been identified – solutions are given based on PrimeLife’s current research results. Software implementations of these results may be found here in their current version:


Best Workshop Paper Award at IEEE-conference for PrimeLife Researchers PDFPrintE-mail

Best Workshop Paper Award at IEEE-conference for PrimeLife Researchers

PrimeLife researcher Bibi van den Berg presented a paper that she wrote together with Ronald Leenes (both: Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society) at the Second IEEE International Conference on Social Computing in Minneapolis (Minnesota, USA) held from August 20th to August 22nd. Their paper won the Best Paper Award in the PASWeb 2010 Workshop on privacy aspects of the social web and cloud computing.

Abstract of the paper:

In recent years, research has shown that most social network sites pose serious privacy and security risks for individual users. From the existing analyses of privacy and security risks in social network sites we deduce that one of the biggest categories of privacy risks revolves around the notion of ‘audience segregation’, i.e. the partitioning of different audiences and the compartmentalization of social spheres. Since audience segregation is an important mechanism in everyday interactions between people in the real world, van den Berg and Leenes argue that social network sites ought to include this mechanism as well. Current social network sites lack this mechanism. They also present Clique, a privacy-preserving social network site that provides ‘audience segregation’ to its users as an alternative.

The PrimeLife web team congratulates to this success.

The paper will be published as: Van den Berg, Bibi, and Leenes, Ronald, (2010). Audience segregation in social network sites, in: Proceedings for SocialCom2010/PASSAT2010 (Second IEEE International Conference on Social Computing/Second IEEE International Conference on Privacy, Security, Risk and Trust), 20-22 August 2010 in Minneapolis (Minnesota, USA). IEEE, pages 1111-1117.


Second PrimeLife / IFIP Summer School 2010 successfully held in Helsingborg PDFPrintE-mail

  Second PrimeLife / IFIP Summer School 2010 successfully held in Helsingborg

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The PrimeLife / IFIP Summer School was successfully held from August 2nd to August 6th, 2010 in Helsingborg, Sweden. Over 75 participants from governmental, academic and research institutions discussed topics related to privacy, data protection and data security under the viewpoint of identity management and lifelong privacy. The Summer School was arranged the second year in a row by the EC-funded PrimeLife project and was chaired by Simone Fischer-Hübner, Karlstad University, Sweden.


The Summer School intended to bring together students, PhD candidates and research assistants on the one hand with leading researchers, academics and policy makers on the other hand. The program consisted of keynotes held by senior researchers in the morning and PhD students, researchers and parishioners presenting peer reviewed papers in afternoon sessions.

The contribution by Michael Dowd on “Contextualised concerns: The online privacy attitudes of young adults” was honoured with the Best Student Paper Award donated by IFIP for his paper contribution. The papers by Stefan Berthold titled “Towards Formal Languages for Privacy Options” and Harald Zwingelberg on “Assessing the necessity for collecting personal data from the new German eID card” received an honourable mention by the award committee. Congratulations from the PrimeLife web team!


Slides of the presentations held in Helsingborg are available online here. The proceedings are in preparation and will be published with Springer.


Keynotes held at the PrimeLife / IFP Summer School 2010::

Alessandro Acquisti (Carnegie Mellon University), USA

Bibi van den Berg (Tilburg University), Netherlands

Sonja Buchegger (Royal Institute of Technology), Sweden

Jan Camenisch (IBM Research), Switzerland

Timothy Edgar (Director of Privacy and Civil Liberties, The White House), USA

Herbert Leitold (TU Graz), Austria

Anna Lysyanskaya (Brown University), USA

Jan Möller (German Ministry of the Interior), Germany

Gregory Neven (IBM Research), Switzerland

Andreas Pfitzmann (TU Dresden), Germany

Kai Rannenberg (Goethe University Frankfurt), Germany

Bernd Carsten Stahl (ETICA project), UK

Claire Vishik (Intel), UK

Alma Whitten (Google), UK



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