Action number 13205 Last updated 02/02/2011 17:47:25 Year 2011
Title Citizen Digital Footprint
Type Action
Institute JRC.G Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (Ispra)
Leader MAHIEU Vincent JRC.G.7   E-Mail
1 Prosperity in a Knowledge intensive society
1.4 Information Society
European Network and Information Security Agency
Customer DGs INFSO - Information Society and Media
JUST - Justice
MOVE - Mobility and Transport
Internet of the Future, Smart Environment, Trust and Security, Digital Confidence, Mobile Applications, Privacy and Data Protection, Information and Communication Technologies, ICT public awareness and acceptance, Social Networking, Digital Foot Print, User Profiling, Vulnerability Assessment, Risk Analysis, Scenario Analysis, Service-oriented Software Architecture, Distributed Software Architecture, Intelligent Transport Systems, Digital Tachograph, On-board Unit, In-Vehicle Platform
The Citizen Digital Footprint action is a newly created action.

The action has been created to investigate, assess and forecast issues of the exploitation – intentional or un-intentional – of personal digital data of citizens in our forthcoming digital society. The action responds to some of the key challenges put forward in the Communication from the Commission “A Digital Agenda from Europe”, namely Trust and Security, a vibrant digital single market – Building digital confidence and ICT-enabled benefits for the EU society – Intelligent Transport Systems for safer, more secure and more efficient transport and better mobility.

In a growing Digital Society, a citizen nowadays is navigating in various dimensions like that of the cyberspace, or in motion as in transportation networks. The citizen is also interfacing with more and more interconnected entities, in smarter and smarter environments, namely the ‘Internet of Things’. While navigating, the citizen is creating a steadily increasing trail of personal and individual data.

These personal data are archived somewhere, owned, and potentially used in unexpected ways. On the one hand, the citizen is, to some extent, aware of this and actively contributing to the data collection. On the other hand, the lack of protection of citizen digital footprints may lead to further, potentially malicious, processing of the data with unexpected consequences for the users and the society at large.

The rise of social networking, of mobile communication and mobile applications, together with more diffused geo-localisation services, augment the risks for citizens of the unintended use of their digital footprints, and call for a systematic scenario-based assessment of the impacts of these emerging technologies and societal trends.

This multi-disciplinary action will provide technical and scientific contributions that underpin a wide range of legal acts within DG INFSO, DG MOVE and DG JUSTICE portfolios, including: the Internet of the Future, the Internet of Things, Network and Information Security, Data Protection, the social legislation concerning driver activities, the Action Plan for the deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems in Europe.
Summary of the activity
The action will address the impact that emerging information and communication technologies have on the citizen. The focus is on safety and security aspects of these impacts. The action will develop and assess scenarios associated with information recorded when a citizen interacts in a digital smart environment, in particular with the internet of the future and with intelligent transport systems.

These scenarios will illustrate how digital footprints are, can, should or should not be used. This includes aspects such as (a) the intentional and transparent use of private data versus the unintentional or malicious use of the same information; (b) the modification of user acceptance of private data exploitation according to different situations (e.g. normal life, emergency situation, service disruption); (c) the digital footprint lifecycle and ownership, (d) behavioural profiling and (e) the increasing use of mobile communication and relative applications.

The action will also set-out to define the metrics to assess and possibly compare (a) the impacts on the citizen associated with unexpected side-effects of the use of emerging ICT, taking into account multiple dimensions such as user convenience, ethics, privacy and security, (b) measures (e.g. code of conducts, regulatory acts) to mitigate those side-effects. It will also carry out an analysis of the existing European and national legislations concerning data protection and other citizen’s rights with respect to the risk associated with emerging ICT.

The action will continue to provide the JRC support to the specification of on-board vehicle platforms, for the integration of ITS applications, to be primarily installed in professional vehicles, for safety and security regulatory purposes. This work extends the JRC on-going tasks with the Digital Tachograph (i.e. ERCA – European Root Certification Authority – and Interoperability Certification Laboratory). It will contribute to the definition of a new generation Digital Tachograph, with renewed security mechanisms, and of its possible use (within a common platform) for improving the safety and security of its users.

To develop and assess scenarios associated with information recorded when a citizen interacts in a digital smart environment, in particular with the internet of the future and with intelligent transport systems.
Deliverable  01.1
Inventory of scenarios, technologies and dimensions related to digital footprints. This includes the characterization of relevant challenges and corresponding stakeholders clients (e.g. DG'™s, international organization, academia, labs) as well as of the competences and disciplines necessary to reach the objective of a competence centre in the multidisciplinary assessment of the citizen impact of new ICT.
CAT2 - Policy support documents
Deliverable  01.2
Expert workshop organized at the JRC with relevant key projects and key clients to priorities the elements of the Inventory
CAT5 - Other policy support products and services
Deliverable  01.3
Presentation of the JRCs response to key challenges of the digital agenda on international conferences
CAT7 - Scientific publications
To study and assess the integration of ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) solutions to enhance the safety and the security in road transport, having a particular focus on the next generation of the Digital Tachograph, on inter-operable in-vehicle platforms concepts and on the issues of driver identification and data protection.
Deliverable  02.1
Support to DG MOVE in the context of the revision of Regulation (EEC) no. 3821/85 and the implementation of Commission Regulation (EU) No 1266/2009 with respect to the digital recording of the activities of drivers of trucks and buses, part of the social legislation on road safety: impact assessment of the possible revision, definition of the procedures and monitoring of field tests with non-type-approved tachographs.
CAT2 - Policy support documents
Deliverable  02.2
Risk assessment of the digital tachograph system: threads, occurrence and intensity evaluation and remedies. Focus on user identity, possible convergence of driving licences with DT cards, frauds, privacy, sensitive data access (competition, dangerous or valuable goods, location), DT security assessment and definition of an adequate level of security of the digital tachograph for the years to come.
CAT5 - Other policy support products and services
To assess the impact of mobile information and communication applications on European citizens with respect to security and safety issues, starting by networking with relevant stakeholders and by gaining knowledge with state of the art and emerging mobile architectures.
Deliverable  03.1
First inventory of relevant challenges in mobile applications as well as inventory of relevant stakeholders. This will include a classification of existing and possible mobile architectures.
CAT5 - Other policy support products and services
Deliverable  03.2
Technical report on the intentional use of Bluetooth technology and its potential for traceability. The report will analyse Bluetooth technology, its security, as an existing low-cost radio technology, and its impact on the citizens'™ daily life.
CAT5 - Other policy support products and services
Deliverable  03.3
Report on the assessment of existing and emerging mobile location services. This will focus on real time services relevant in transport systems (using GNSS) and will forecast gains and threats for the citizen in motion.
CAT5 - Other policy support products and services
Deliverable  03.4
Establish contact with relevant Living Labs to identify the state of the art of mobile applications and assess the feasibility for the multidisciplinary assessment of the impact to the citizen of mobile applications in such experimental conditions. Preference will be given to 'Living Labs' demonstration applications in (a) the transport sector possibly combining with video surveillance, and (b) a smart environment such as smart houses or using smart phones.
CAT5 - Other policy support products and services
AA 503224, Digital Tachograph 2008 onwards, signed on 30/06/2008 between the JRC and DG TREN for a period of four years, to cover JRC activities as ERCA - the European Root Certification Authorities - and as the laboratory in charge of interoperability certification. The arrangement also covers the services of the JRC for non-EU working parties of the UN-ECE European Agreement concerning the Work of Crews of Vehicles Engaged in International Road Transport (AETR).
Deliverable  4.1
Provision of all deliverables expected by ERCA and the Interoperability Certification Laboratory: ERCA signing sessions, ERCA configuration management, ERCA National policy review, DT help desk, management of the Interoperability Certification Laboratory.
CAT5 - Other policy support products and services
Third Party Works associated with testing activities of new products developed by digital tachograph equipment manufacturers, which are carried out in the JRC/IPSC Laboratory on Interoperability Certification for the Digital Tachograph.
Deliverable  5.1
Certification reports
CAT3 - Validated and harmonized methods and measurements
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