Title: Enhancing the privacy of electronic passports

Authors: Rima Belguechi, Patrick Lacharme, Christophe Rosenberger

Addresses: Ecole nationale Superieure d'Informatique (ESI), BP 68M Oued Smar, 16309, El Harrach Alger, Algeria. ' GREYC Research Lab, ENSICAEN – Universitde Caen Basse Normandie CNRS, 14000 Caen, France. ' GREYC Research Lab, ENSICAEN – Universitde Caen Basse Normandie CNRS, 14000 Caen, France

Abstract: We address in this paper the problem of privacy in the current architecture in electronic passports for the storage and transmission of biometric data such as fingerprints. The current architecture provides a good protection of biometric personal data but brute force attack could be used in the near future using cloud computing. We propose a new solution combining cryptographic protocols and cancellable biometrics to solve this problem. The biocode of an individual is protected by cryptographic keys exchanged by the PACE protocol. We put into obviousness the benefit of the proposed solution in terms of security and privacy.

Keywords: electronic passports; e-passports; cancellable biometrics; privacy; cryptographic protocols; cryptography; fingerprints; cloud computing; security.

DOI: 10.1504/IJITM.2012.044069

International Journal of Information Technology and Management, 2012 Vol.11 No.1/2, pp.122 - 137

Published online: 01 Dec 2011 *

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