© 2015

Attribute-based Credentials for Trust

Identity in the Information Society

  • Kai Rannenberg
  • Jan Camenisch
  • Ahmad Sabouri
  • Presents the state of the art in identity management, access control, privacy, and attribute-based credentials

  • Discusses identity management comprehensively, integrating different perspectives and various scientific disciplines

  • Develops an integrated view on the challenges and solutions for the trustworthy, yet privacy respecting management of identities in a mobile and digital information society


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Kai Rannenberg, Welderufael Tesfay, Ahmad Sabouri
    Pages 1-9
  3. Patrik Bichsel, Jan Camenisch, Maria Dubovitskaya, Robert R. Enderlein, Stephan Krenn, Ioannis Krontiris et al.
    Pages 11-78
  4. Patrik Bichsel, Jan Camenisch, Maria Dubovitskaya, Robert R. Enderlein, Stephan Krenn, Anja Lehmann et al.
    Pages 79-108
  5. Michael Østergaard Pedersen, Gert Læssøe Mikkelsen, Fatbardh Veseli, Ahmad Sabouri, Tsvetoslava Vateva-Gurova
    Pages 109-141
  6. Marit Hansen, Felix Bieker, Daniel Deibler, Hannah Obersteller, Eva Schlehahn, Harald Zwingelberg
    Pages 143-161
  7. Ahmad Sabouri, Souheil Bcheri, Jimm Lerch, Eva Schlehahn, Welderufael Tesfay
    Pages 163-195
  8. Yannis Stamatiou, Zinaida Benenson, Anna Girard, Ioannis Krontiris, Vasiliki Liagkou, Apostolos Pyrgelis et al.
    Pages 197-239
  9. Norbert Götze, Daniel Deibler, Robert Seidl
    Pages 241-254
  10. Gert Læssøe Mikkelsen, Kasper Damgård, Hans Guldager, Jonas Lindstrøm Jensen, Jesus Garcia Luna, Janus Dam Nielsen et al.
    Pages 255-317
  11. Joerg Abendroth, Marit Hansen, Ioannis Krontiris, Ahmad Sabouri, Eva Schlehahn, Robert Seidl et al.
    Pages 319-343
  12. Marit Hansen, Hannah Obersteller, Kai Rannenberg, Fatbardh Veseli
    Pages 345-360
  13. Kai Rannenberg, Jan Camenisch, Ahmad Sabouri, Welderufael Tesfay
    Pages 361-367
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 369-391

About this book


This book addresses the federation and interchangeability of Privacy-ABC technologies. It defines a common, unified architecture for Privacy-ABC systems that allows their respective features to be compared and combined Further, this book presents open reference implementations of selected Privacy-ABC systems and explains how to deploy them in actual production pilots, allowing provably accredited members of restricted communities to provide anonymous feedback on their community or its members. To date, credentials such as digitally signed pieces of personal information or other information used to authenticate or identify a user have not been designed to respect the users’ privacy. They inevitably reveal the identity of the holder even though the application at hand often needs much less information, e.g. only the confirmation that the holder is a teenager or is eligible for social benefits. In contrast, Privacy-ABCs allow their holders to reveal only their minimal information required by the applications, without giving away their full identity information. Privacy-ABCs thus facilitate the implementation of a trustworthy and at the same time privacy-respecting digital society.

 "The ABC4Trust project as a multidisciplinary and European project, gives a technological response to questions linked to data protection."

Viviane Reding
(Former Vice-president of the European Commission, Member of European Parliament)


Authentication Forensics Identity Identity management systems Mobility Multilateral security Online privacy Profiling Virtual persons e-government

Editors and affiliations

  • Kai Rannenberg
    • 1
  • Jan Camenisch
    • 2
  • Ahmad Sabouri
    • 3
  1. 1.Deutsche Telekom Chair of Mobile Business & Multilateral SecurityGoethe University FrankfurtFrankfurtGermany
  2. 2.IBM Zurich Research LaboratoryRüschlikonSwitzerland
  3. 3.Deutsche Telekom Chair of Mobile Business & Multilateral SecuriGoethe University FrankfurtFrankfurtGermany

About the editors

Kai Rannenberg holds the Deutsche Telekom Chair of Mobile Business & Multilateral Security at Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany. Before he was with Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK, focussing on personal security devices and privacy technologies. Kai has been coordinating several leading EU research projects including the Network of Excellence “Future of Identity in the Information Society” and the Integrated Project “Attribute based Credentials for Trust” (ABC4Trust). Kai`s awards include the IFIP Silver Core and the Alcatel SEL Foundation Dissertation Award.

Jan Camenisch is a globally renowned cryptographer and a senior researcher at IBM's Research Laboratory in Rüschlikon, Switzerland. His mission is, by inventing and using cryptography to try to regain the fading privacy of our increasingly electronic society. He is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology and was the technical leader of the EU-funded projects PrimeLifePRIME and currently holds an ERC Advanced Grant. In 2010 he received the prestigious ACM SIGSAC Outstanding Innovation Award and in 2013 the IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award.

Ahmad Sabouri is a scientific researcher and doctoral candidate at the Deutsche Telekom Chair of Mobile Business & Multilateral Security at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany, with a focus on Privacy-respecting Identity Management. Since 2011, he has a key role in various activities within the ABC4Trust EU project, including project coordination, architecture design, and management of the pilots.

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