Fast and trustworthy Identity Delivery and check with EPassports LeveragIng Traveller privacY (FIDELITY)

Project title Fast and trustworthy Identity Delivery and check with EPassports LeveragIng Traveller privacY
Project type EU Large-Scale Integrated Project
Duration 2012 - 2016
Primary contact Prof. Dr. Christoph Busch
Staff Dr. Bian Yang, Dr. Raghavendra Ramachandra, Guoqiang Li
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Project summary

The European Union's 7th Framework Programme for Research has awarded the 4 years project FIDELITY (Fast and trustworthy Identity Delivery and check with ePassports leveraging Traveller privacy) of 18,2 M€ with a 12.0 M€ funding. FIDELITY has a European consortium of 19 European partners, including high technology companies, universities, and government agencies, led by the French company Morpho (SAFRAN Group). Primarily, FIDELITY is a significant research work focused on one of the greatest technological advances of recent years: the ePassport. Deployed since 2006, the ePassport has revealed both strengths and weaknesses. The latter is of particular interest for the FIDELITY teams tasked with producing a new version of the 2nd generation passport, to better comply with both users’ and the European authorities’ expectations.

This multi-disciplinary initiative will analyse shortcomings and vulnerabilities in the ePassport life cycle, and develop technical solutions and recommendations to overcome them. FIDELITY will demonstrate privacy enhanced solutions to:

  • Secure issuing processes: authentication of documents, preventing impersonation and fraud;
  • Improve ePassport security and usability: authentification processes, ID check speed, accuracy of biometrics, management of certificates, access to remote data bases, convenience of biometric sensors and inspection devices;
  • Better manage lost and stolen passports;
  • Ensure privacy: privacy-by-design, the exclusive FIDELITY-applied principle will be considered in all phases of the ePassport life cycle, using characteristics such as systematic anomysization of data and separation of data streams using privacy-enhancing-technologies.

FIDELITY will strengthen trust and confidence of stakeholders and citizens in ePassports, provide more reliable ID checks, hence hinder criminal movements, and ease implementation of E/E records providing better analysis of migration flows. Solutions will be designed for backwards compatibility to be deployed progressively in the existing infrastructure.

The FIDELITY consortium is composed of market-leading companies, innovative SME, renowned academia, ethical-sociological-legal experts, and end-users, which will help to define requirements and recommendations and assess results. They will, with the other partners actively promote the project results towards stakeholders and international working groups that elaborate future ePassport standards.