Biometric system security and privacy: data reconstruction and template protection

  • Guangcan Mai

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Biometric systems are being increasingly used, from daily entertainment to critical applications such as security access and identity management. It is known that biometric systems should meet the stringent requirement of low error rate. In addition, for critical applications, the security and privacy issues of biometric systems are required to be concerned. Otherwise, severe consequence such as the unauthorized access (security) or the exposure of identity-related information (privacy) can be caused. Therefore, it is imperative to study the vulnerability to potential attacks and identify the corresponding risks. Furthermore, the countermeasures should also be devised and patched on the systems. In this thesis, we study the security and privacy issues in biometric systems. We first make an attempt to reconstruct raw biometric data from biometric templates and demonstrate the security and privacy issues caused by the data reconstruction. Then, we make two attempts to protect biometric templates from being reconstructed and improve the state-of-the-art biometric template protection techniques.

Date of Award31 Aug 2018
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorPong Chi YUEN (Supervisor)

User-Defined Keywords

  • Biometric identification
  • Human face recognition (Computer science)
  • Computer security
  • Data protection
  • Data recovery (Computer science)

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