Privacy-Preserving Public Transport Ticketing System

Abstract : The public transport ticketing systems are undergoing significant changes in recent years. The tickets can now be issued and presented in digital form, significantly improving the user experience. The digital data is also used to improve the services’ efficiency. Travelling patterns and route occupancy can be analysed to adjust the frequency and coverage of the service. However, data recorded by the providers extends the information that is needed for simple analysis. The travel passes that are issued usually contain unique identifiers, allowing to trace the movement of users, which can even be linked to their identities. In order to tackle these privacy issues, we propose a novel, privacy-preserving ticketing system, based on a scheme for issuing and redemption of unlinkable certified tokens. The design also allows offering advanced services, such as reduction plans or monthly passes, without introducing privacy concerns. Even though the travellers’ actions cannot be linked, the service providers are given assurances against possible misuse, and are able to control the usage of the issued products. Additionally, experimental evaluation shows that the system performance is adequate for practical applications.
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Milica Milutinovic, Koen Decroix, Vincent Naessens, Bart Decker. Privacy-Preserving Public Transport Ticketing System. 29th IFIP Annual Conference on Data and Applications Security and Privacy (DBSEC), Jul 2015, Fairfax, VA, United States. pp.135-150, ⟨10.1007/978-3-319-20810-7_9⟩. ⟨hal-01745821⟩

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