Formal accountability for biometric surveillance: A case study

Vinh Thong Ta*, Denis Butin, Daniel Le Métayer

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Surveillance, especially using biometric systems, threatens the privacy of individuals. Accountability is an established approach to supporting privacy in general, but it must follow a rigorous process and involve close scrutiny of actual data handling practice to be effective. In this paper, we consider a specific, real-world biometric surveillance system, based on camcorders and bodyprint identification. We show how formalisation can be used to achieve the required level of rigour and exemplify how our formal approach to accountability — in the sense of verifiable compliance with personal data handling policies — supports the privacy of individuals monitored by the system. The formal accountability framework is general enough to be reusable in other settings.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPrivacy Technologies and Policy - 3rd Annual Privacy Forum, APF 2015, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsDaniel Le Metayer, Bettina Berendt, Thomas Engel, Demosthenes Ikonomou, Stefan Schiffner
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9783319314556
Publication statusPublished - 10 Mar 2016
Event3rd Annual Privacy Forum, APF 2015 - Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Duration: 7 Oct 20158 Oct 2015

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference3rd Annual Privacy Forum, APF 2015


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