Inria and the CNIL (French Data Protection Authority) award the first "privacy protection" prize to a European research team
Launched in 2016, Inria and the CNIL have just awarded their "privacy protection" prize for the fist time, recognising scientific articles that focus on the protection of personal data and privacy. Michael Backes, Manuel Barbosa, Dario Fiore and Raphael M. Reischuk were rewarded for their article: “ADSNARK: Nearly Practical and Privacy-Preserving Proofs on Authenticated Data".
Part of the partnership agreement signed by Inria and the CNIL in 2011, the award is the opportunity to highlight the research work in the digital sciences in the field of data protection. It also raises awareness among the entire scientific community regarding the necessity of developing research projects in relation to these themes.
On 25 January, in Brussels, Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, president of the CNIL and François Sillion, deputy CEO for Science at Inria, awarded the first CNIL/Inria prize to four European researchers: Michael Backes, Manuel Barbosa, Dario Fiore and Raphael M. Reischuk, for their article: “ADSNARK: Nearly Practical and Privacy-Preserving Proofs on Authenticated Data". The winning article describes research work that enables the verification of the results of computer processing on authenticated personal data by a third party without revealing this data. For this, the authors propose a new system, ADSNARK, improving the strategies of "privacy-preserving proofs" () usually used but limited when taking certain computations into account.
The jury, which comprises seven members including three qualified people from the world of research, two CNIL representatives and two Inria researchers (Daniel Le Métayer and Claude Castelluccia), underlined the high quality of the results and particularly appreciated the concern of the authors to reconcile technical solidity and practical ease of use. The results obtained meet a growing need and can enable a better protection of privacy in a variety of areas such as, for example, health or smart meters.
The article was published in the proceedings of the 2015 IEEE Security and Privacy conference in San Jose in California, and was presented at the Computers, Privacy and Data Protection conference in January 2017, where the prize-winners received their trophy.
Finally, Inria and the CNIL have announced that the 2017 edition of the prize will open in February. European researchers seeking to further individual liberties and the protection of personal data can take part. The rules as well as the registration procedure will soon be available on https://www.cnil.fr/ and https://www.inria.fr/.
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