Brussels, February, 28th, 2014: The ABC4Trust project is present at the "EU Cybersecurity Strategy - High Level Conference" with a booth and strong presence of the ABC4Trust members. The one-day Conference is organised by the European Commission, in cooperation with the European External Action Service.
Keynotes have been provided by Ms Neelie Kroes, Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda and Mr Maciej Popowski, Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service.
In her keynote Ms Neelie Kroes stated that in the field of cybersecurity we in Europe need to say “yes” to data protection and “no” to data protectionism. We also should not get too entangled in viewing ongoing revelations by Edward Snowden but recognize that cybersecurity is also about the aspects directly relevant for the citizens: People trusting that their personal data on social network sites are well protected; users understanding what their cloud service providers are offering, eID solutions allowing to securely authenticate towards services; or children’s sufficiently protected but also empowered to avoid online risks.
ABC4Trust addresses many of the aspects mentioned in the vice president’s keynote. The Swedish Pilot provides a school network for information exchange at a school where pupils are empowered to communicate securely within verified areas while retaining their anonymity to the extent possible or acting under pseudonyms. Data protection and data minimisation is a core feature built into Privacy-enhanced Attribute-based Credentials (Privacy-ABCs) – presumed that the systems are set up accordingly. The data minimisation principle states that (only) the data necessary for a given and defined purpose may be processed. Privacy-ABCs permit to remove data from a certificate that are unnecessary while retaining the integrity of the issuer’s signature for the remaining information.
At the High Level Conference on the EU Cybersecurity Strategy ABC4Trust is present with a booth where both ABC4Trust pilots are on display. Prof. Kai Rannenberg from Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany, is project lead of the ABC4Trust project. The Swedish school pilot is presented by Souheil Bcheri of Eurodocs. Prof. Yannis Stamatiou from The Computer Technology Institute & Press – Diophantus, Greece, shows the university pilot allowing anonymous evaluation of lectures. Harald Zwingelberg from the Unabhängigen Landeszentrum für Datenschutz, Germany, presents comments on legal aspects of Privacy-ABCs to support eID solutions across Europe.
Keynote Speaker Dr. Thomas Kremer, Member of Deutsche Telekom’s Board of Management for Data Privacy, Legal Affairs and Compliance, showing great interest in the ABC4Trust pilot systems