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Turning off the tap for online personal data - prototype system unveiled by EnCoRe

A prototype system that aims to turn off the deluge of personal data that floods the internet and threatens people's security and identity will be unveiled at LSE today (Tuesday 29 June).

The EnCoRe (Ensuring Consent and Revocation) project, a consortium of six leading UK IT industrial and academic institutions examining the issue of personal privacy, will present ts prototype system, and the legal, social and business process research that has led to it, at a press briefing at 4.30pm. The event will be followed by a public debate that is open to all on Control of Your Personal Data: who, how much, why? at 6.30pm in the New Academic Building.

At present, people have no way of controlling how their personal information is used or ensuring that it is deleted, when requested, from databases. Often such details are handed to third parties, making the control of personal data even harder.

EnCoRe comprises a team of e-privacy experts from Hewlett-Packard's Systems Security Lab in Bristol with WMG at the University of Warwick, QinetiQ, HW Communications, Oxford University's HeLEX Centre, and LSE. It aims to create a solution to the increasing problems caused by the uncontrolled flow of personal data and to to develop technology and systems that allow individuals to control their data, while at the same time being  as easy and intuitive to use as turning a tap on or off.

The EnCoRe technical system comprises a set of privacy-enhancing technologies, such as policy-driven privacy-aware access control and obligation management, within an overall technical architecture. This has been derived from studies of the personal data management requirements of ordinary people, business processes and the law.

Pete Bramhall of Hewlett-Packard, the project co-ordinator, said: 'The successful construction of this first prototype of the EnCoRe system marks the conclusion of our first case study, and we now plan to enhance and extend the social science and technology research with two more case studies over the next 18 months.'

The briefing will be followed by a public panel discussion, Control of Your Personal Data: who, how much, why?| Five privacy experts from civil society, industry, the public sector, law and parliament will examine the issues that EnCoRe is addressing at 6.30pm on Tuesday 29 June at LSE.

For more on the event and the EnCoRe project, see www.encore-project.info|

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The press briefing is Tuesday 29 June at 4.30pm in H216, Connaught House, LSE. Click here| to register for the press event.

Contact: Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7107 5025 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 

Notes for editors:

The EnCoRe (Ensuring Consent and Revocation) project is a £3.6 million project jointly funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council and the Technology Strategy Board, will help businesses and Government adopt scalable, cost-effective and robust consent and revocation methods for controlling the use, storing, locating and sharing of personal data.

EnCoRe's work aims to make an individual's consent a more powerful means for allowing them to control what happens to the personal information they disclose to organisations. It will improve the ease, reliability and rigour with which individuals can grant and, more importantly, revoke their consent to the use, storage and sharing of their personal information by others.

EnCoRe comprises a team of e-privacy experts that aims to create a solution to the increasing problems caused by the uncontrolled flow of personal data. The team brings together researchers from Hewlett-Packard's Systems Security Lab in Bristol - the project leaders - with WMG at the University of Warwick, QinetiQ, HW Communications, Oxford University's HeLEX Centre, and regulation and business experts from LSE.

EnCoRe will run until November 2011, with the commercial exploitation of the project's results flowing thereafter. The project website is at www.encore-project.info|,  its tweets are at www.twitter.com/encore_project| and its videos at www.youtube.com/user/EnCoReProjectVideos|.

·  Hewlett-Packard Laboratories in Bristol is Hewlett-Packard's second-largest corporate research location and is among the world's premier corporate research labs. www.hpl.hp.com/bristol|

·  WMG, an academic department of the University of Warwick, is a provider of innovative solutions to industry, supporting some of the most advanced research, development and education projects in the world. www.wmg.warwick.ac.uk|

·  HeLEX is an interdisciplinary research centre, based at the Department of Public Health at the University of Oxford that specialises in investigating the relationships between law, ethics, and practice in the area of emerging technologies in health. helex.medsci.ox.ac.uk/|

·  The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is a world-class institution, known for its concentration of teaching and research across the full range of social, political and economic sciences. www.lse.ac.uk|

·  HW Communications has focused on advanced research and development in mobile and wireless communications and is now targeting the transfer of the technologies developed in the research laboratory into its own range of products for the marketplace. Its competence lies in its strong academic capability and technical ability for both software and hardware development. www.hwcomms.com|

·  QinetiQ is a leading international defence and security technology company which develops innovative technology-based solutions and products and provides technology-rich support services for government organisations and commercial customers around the world. www.qinetiq.com|

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