Understanding trust in privacy-aware video surveillance systems

  • Hatem A. Rashwan
  • Agusti Solanas
  • Domènec Puig
  • Antoni Martínez-Ballesté
Regular Contribution


Recent advances in pervasive video surveillance systems pave the way for a comprehensive surveillance of every aspect of our lives, hence, leading us to a state of dataveillance. Computerized and interconnected systems of cameras could be used to profile, track and monitor individuals for the sake of security. Notwithstanding, these systems clearly interfere with the fundamental right of the individuals to privacy. Most literature on privacy in video surveillance systems concentrates on the goal of detecting faces and other regions of interest and in proposing different methods to protect them. However, the trustworthiness of those systems and, by extension, of the privacy they provide are mostly neglected. In this article, we define the concept of trustworthy privacy-aware video surveillance system. Moreover, we assess the techniques proposed in the literature according to their suitability for such a video surveillance system. Finally, we describe the properties that a deployment of a trustworthy video surveillance system must fulfill.


Video surveillance Privacy Trust 



This work was partly funded by the Spanish Government through Project CONSOLIDER INGENIO 2010 CSD2007-0004 “ARES” and Project TIN2011-27076-C03-01 “CO-PRIVACY”, by the Government of Catalonia under Grant 2009 SGR 1135 and by Universitat Rovira i Virgili through Project 2012R2B-01 VIPP.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hatem A. Rashwan
    • 1
  • Agusti Solanas
    • 1
  • Domènec Puig
    • 1
  • Antoni Martínez-Ballesté
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. Enginyeria Informàtica i MatemàtiquesUniversitat Rovira i VirgiliTarragonaSpain

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