Privacy Through Anonymisation in Large-Scale Socio-Technical Systems: Multi-lingual Contact Centres Across the EU

  • Claudia Cevenini
  • Enrico Denti
  • Andrea Omicini
  • Italo Cerno
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9934)


Large-scale socio-technical systems (STS) inextricably interconnect individual–e.g., the right to privacy–, social–e.g., the effectiveness of organisational processes–, and technology issues—e.g., the software engineering process. As a result, the design of the complex software infrastructure involves also non-technological aspects such as the legal ones—so that, e.g., law-abidingness can be ensured since the early stages of the software engineering process.

By focussing on contact centres (CC) as relevant examples of knowledge-intensive STS, we elaborate on the articulate aspects of anonymisation: there, individual and organisational needs clash, so that only an accurate balancing between legal and technical aspects could possibly ensure the system efficiency while preserving the individual right to privacy. We discuss first the overall legal framework, then the general theme of anonymisation in CC. Finally we overview the technical process developed in the context of the BISON project.


Socio-technical systems Contact centres Anonymisation Privacy 



This work has been supported by the EU-H2020-ICT-2014 Innovation action BISON – BIg Speech data analytics for cONtact centres (Grant Agreement no. 645323). Authors would like to thank all the partners of the BISON project for their invaluable cooperation in the development of the approach illustrated in the paper. Authors would also like to thank Dr. Silvia Bisi for her contribution to the project research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claudia Cevenini
    • 1
  • Enrico Denti
    • 1
  • Andrea Omicini
    • 1
  • Italo Cerno
    • 1
  1. 1.ALMA MATER STUDIORUM–Università di BolognaBolognaItaly

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