New research projects help to ensure privacy of data

11 Aug 2008

The Government is to invest over £5.5m in three new research projects that will help to develop the next generation of secure identity management systems.

Three new research projects will see businesses, universities, a city council and other research and technology organisations working together to address the challenge of ensuring that privacy and consent is preserved in the next generation of identity management systems.

The Technology Strategy Board, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) have joined forces to back the projects with an investment of over £5.5 million.

The three projects are:

EnCoRe, which will focus on the issue of providing more rigorous means for individuals to grant and revoke their consent for the use, storage and sharing of personal data, bringing together technological, procedural and regulatory developments.

VOME, a research project that will reveal and utilise end users' ideas and concepts regarding privacy and consent, facilitating a clearer requirement of the hardware and software required to meet end users' expectations.

Privacy Value Networks (pvnets), will generate a detailed understanding of individuals' and organisations' conceptions of privacy and identity across a range of contexts and timeframes - using a range of techniques including in-depth privacy value and devalue chains analysis to model the impact of the personal information.

Explaining the background to the decision to invest in the three projects, the Technology Strategy Board's Chief executive, Iain Gray, said: "The next few years will see governments and businesses around the world making substantial investments in identity management infrastructures.  In order to prepare UK businesses for competition in this global market, practical and cost effective solutions need to be developed which inspire public confidence by improving privacy and enabling consent as an integral part of future procurements."

"Society demands a lot from personal data systems. We want them to give us the freedom to buy, vote and bank on the internet but we also want them to protect us from the threat of terrorism and identity theft without invading our privacy", said Professor David Delpy, Chief Executive of EPSRC. "This fundamental research has a unique approach, looking at both the technological advances that need to be made alongside the social considerations and implications. The long term aim is to ensure a good balance between freedom and security for everyone."

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Last updated on Monday 11 August 2008 at 11:06

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