Photo Privacy Tool Developed At USC May Make Photo-Sharing Safer
The tool, known as P3 (short for "Privacy-Preserving Photo Sharing"), will ensure that personal photos stored on Facebook, Flickr, Google, and other sites can be accessed only by users. Ph.D candidate Moo-Ryong Ra and professors Ramesh Govindan and Antonio Ortega of the Viterbi School of Engineering sought to address users' concerns that site administrators or hackers might use photos for their own purposes.
"To address these concerns," wrote the research group, "we propose a privacy-preserving photo encoding algorithm that extracts and encrypts a small, but significant, component of the photo, while preserving the remainder in a public, standards-compatible, part." P3 requires no change to existing software or mobile apps, added the group.
Learn more about P3 and what if offers here.