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European Project Keeps Personal Details Private

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The European Union recently launched the four-year ABC4Trust project, which will use encryption technology developed by IBM Research, academic institutions, Microsoft, and others to increase online privacy by requiring that users submit only essential data. The project will be piloted by a secondary school in Soderhamn, Sweden, and at the Research Academic Computer Technology Institute in Patras, Greece, where students will use the Internet without unintentionally revealing personal information.

The ABC4Trust program uses cryptographic algorithms, such as IBM's Identity Mixer and Microsoft's U-Prove, to protect a user's identity, including personal traits and behavior profiles.

"With technologies like Identity Mixer, we provide the technical capabilities to bring not only strong security to Internet services, but — at the same time — also better privacy," says IBM Research, Zurich's Jan Camanisch. "Making use of more than 10 years of research and development, we are now going to deploy these solutions in practice and address usability and interoperability."

From eWeek Europe
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