Preserving Privacy in Transparency Logging

University dissertation from Karlstad : Karlstads universitet

Abstract: The subject of this dissertation is the construction of privacy-enhancing technologies (PETs) for transparency logging, a technology at the intersection of privacy, transparency, and accountability. Transparency logging facilitates the transportation of data from service providers to users of services and is therefore a key enabler for ex-post transparency-enhancing tools (TETs). Ex-post transparency provides information to users about how their personal data have been processed by service providers, and is a prerequisite for accountability: you cannot hold a controller accountable for what is unknown.We present three generations of PETs for transparency logging to which we contributed. We start with early work that defined the setting as a foundation and build upon it to increase both the privacy protections and the utility of the data sent through transparency logging. Our contributions include the first provably secure privacy-preserving transparency logging scheme and a forward-secure append-only persistent authenticated data structure tailored to the transparency logging setting. Applications of our work range from notifications and deriving data disclosures for the Data Track tool (an ex-post TET) to secure evidence storage.