Open, privacy-preserving protocols for lawful surveillance [article]

Aaron Segal, Joan Feigenbaum, Bryan Ford
2016 arXiv   pre-print
The question of how government agencies can acquire actionable, useful information about legitimate but unknown targets without intruding upon the electronic activity of innocent parties is extremely important. We address this question by providing experimental evidence that actionable, useful information can indeed be obtained in a manner that preserves the privacy of innocent parties and that holds government agencies accountable. In particular, we present practical, privacy-preserving
more » ... ls for two operations that law-enforcement and intelligence agencies have used effectively: set intersection and contact chaining. Experiments with our protocols suggest that privacy-preserving contact chaining can perform a 3-hop privacy-preserving graph traversal producing 27,000 ciphertexts in under two minutes. These ciphertexts are usable in turn via privacy-preserving set intersection to pinpoint potential unknown targets within a body of 150,000 total ciphertexts within 10 minutes, without exposing personal information about non-targets.
arXiv:1607.03659v1 fatcat:5sk2ivu5vrfvxgh44z2j5ijfr4