Pixel Privacy - Safer Multimedia Online

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Date: 
01/01/2017 to 31/12/2018

A growing danger is hidden in the volumes of video and images accumulated online. Using this large-scale pixel data, artificial intelligence algorithms can discover privacy-sensitive information about people, such as: location, personal possessions, socio-economic status, health state, psychological profile, and daily patterns. Currently, the sheer scale of data stored, and the frequency of data breaches makes visual privacy more important than ever. Trusting today’s data-addicted companies, such a Facebook, Google, Twitter and Instagram, to solve the problem is effectively leaving the fox to guard the chicken coop. This project develops “Pixel Privacy”: it provides users with visual privacy protection for their images and videos, freeing them from dependence on external parties. The project takes the idea of a multimedia search engine and inverts it. Rather than using the search engine to find information, it uses the search engine to determine what must be kept hidden. Efficient big-data algorithms identify visual elements related to implicit personal information, and substitute safer elements. This fundamentally new idea elegantly avoids the disadvantages of mask-everything approaches and cryptography-based systems. Pixel Privacy guards against criminal attacks (such as targeted home robbery), but, crucially, also safeguards the autonomy of citizens, which is essential for healthy democracy.

Week: 
Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

News

On 18 July 2019, Cyberwatching.eu will organize a webinar in collaboration with the GDPR Cluster projects entitled “GDPR compliance in the emerging technologies”.

Future Events

The 14th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security (ARES 2019), will be held from August 26 to August 29, 2019 at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK.

26/08/2019 to 29/08/2019

PROTECTIVE is co-organising the 2nd International Workshop on Cyber Threat Intelligence Management(CyberTIM 2019) as apart of the ARES 2019 conference in the UK on 26-29 August 2019.

26/08/2019 to 29/08/2019