Security and privacy

The digital revolution has significantly contributed to the development of new technologies which get more and more intricate with everyone’s private life. Pervasive or ubiquitous computing refers to those technologies that raise important issues when it comes to protecting individual privacy.

Internet of Things, in particular when it comes to mobile health, or surveillance and monitoring systems collect a lot of information that needs to be protected against improper or unlawful usages.

From a technical perspective, one of the challenges is to allow the data subject to express in a policy the level of to apply to the data in a clear and easy way, and in a form that can then be processed by an automatic system which can dynamically check that the access control policy is fully respected.

This requires appropriate access control models, powerful rights languages and efficient processing mechanisms, which are at the core of our research interests. 

The digital revolution has significantly contributed to the development of security and surveillance technologies. Such technologies have either been designed specifically for security reasons, or more commonly have been developed for other purposes and laterally found a security and/or surveillance application.

The development and proliferation of security and surveillance technologies have further been facilitated by advances in a number of scientific domains, most notably in the areas of telecommunications, information   and   computing   as   well   as   location   tracking, biometrics…  European Research & Development projects require to address the ethical, legal and social issues raised by new surveillance and security technologies.

In particular, the balance between security and liberty has become a crucial legal and political debate: are the resulting infringements of privacy and other human rights compatible with our democratic societies? The major aims of this research area are to better understand the relationship between surveillance, security and human rights, in particular privacy and data protection rights.

Contact: Alexandre de Streel