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Organisation – Ethics Committee

The consortium recognizes the ethical implications of biometrics research and trials. The consortium wanted to  make sure that procedures for involvement of users in the OCTAVE in-lab experiments and on-field trials abide to the European regulations in privacy protection and other international standards. To check and warrant  this  indeed happens, the Consortium has set up the Ethics Committee, with suitable experts internal to the Beneficiaries but otherwise not involved in technical project work.


Assistance in production of mutual agreement letters among partners for User Data collection and processing​

  • Creation and maintenance of a User Data Collector by User Data Processor matrix
  • Several agreement model drafted for the Partners
  • Pair-wise mutual agreements by Partners involved at any title in data collection and processing

Assistance in production of Deliverable D19​, notifying the project trials to National Data Protection Authority

  • Description of the project experiments and trials in juridically relevant language, by referencing applicable European regulations and national legislation
  • Provision of user consent form templates for use at the sites where technical experiments and user trials are conducted

Assistance in production of Deliverable D18​, about user data protection requirements for experiments and trials

  • Kick-off meeting in Rome: communication of requirements from the ETH Committee to the project technical team
  • Reading and explicit approval of Deliverable D18


Italo D’Ascoli

Ethics Committee Chairman & Security Committee Member

Italo D’Ascoli is the Head of Security at Linate Airport – Commercial and General Aviation, in SEA Operations Department and immediate reporting to the Security Manager. He gained a solid professional experience working for nearly 25 years at international airports, ranging from Customs Clearance, to the role of Ramp Manager, Environmental Advisor and Customs Relations Manager, maintaining the position ad interim of Security Manager Italy for DHL Aviation. He holds his current position in SEA since May 2011. Graduated in Law at the University of Milan, he has an excellent knowledge of English and a good knowledge of French.

Alexander Korff

Security and Ethics Committees Member

Alexander Korff has always been interested in technology and security. Before becoming a lawyer, he worked at leading UK technology companies (then start-ups) WorldPay and Autonomy in business development roles.  More recently, he has practised law as a UK-qualified solicitor at Clifford Chance (in several international offices) and Bird & Bird in London, specialising in contentious and non-contentious IT and intellectual property law – predominantly for tech-sector clients. Alexander has also practised law in-house with EADS Airbus.  Alexander joined ValidSoft in 2010 and advises the business on a range of public policy and legal affairs, and is responsible for ValidSoft’s growing IP portfolio.

Keijo Haataja

Ethics Committee Member

Dr. Keijo Haataja received the Ph.Lic. degree in Computer Science from the University of Eastern Finland (UEF) in 2007, and the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from UEF in 2009. Since 2002, he has been a senior assistant of Wireless Communications and Data Security at UEF. Since 2009, he has also been a project manager/coordinator of several Finnish and EU projects at UEF. Since 2012, he has been the Head of Research in CI (Computational Intelligence) research group at UEF. In addition, he is a member of Bluetooth Security Expert Group (SEG), which provides Bluetooth working groups and the Bluetooth SIG with expertise in a wide range of security issues. The goal of the Bluetooth SEG group is to identify threats to Bluetooth wireless security and to ensure that these threats are mitigated through Bluetooth specification enhancements, whitepapers, test cases, and test tools that identify security vulnerabilities in devices. Moreover, he has been the Head of Research and Product Development of SenSoftia Oy since 2013. His main research interests include wireless communications, wireless security, mobile systems, sensor networks, data communications, and intelligent autonomous robots. His doctoral dissertation “Security Threats and Countermeasures in Bluetooth-Enabled Systems” is the world’s first practically oriented doctoral dissertation on Bluetooth security! He has also written three scientific books about Bluetooth security issues and published over 50 scientific research articles in different fields of his research topics.

Jean-Luc Dugelay

Ethics Committee Member

Jean-Luc Dugelay is a Professor in the Department of Multimedia Communications at EURECOM. His current work focuses in the domain of multimedia image processing, in particular activities in security (image forensics, biometrics and video surveillance, mini drones), and facial image processing. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, is an elected member of the EURASIP Board of Governors and a regional director-at-large of the IEEE SP (Europe, Middle East and Africa). He is/was Associate Editor of several international journals such as the IEEE Transactions on Image
Processing and IEEE Transactions on Multimedia. He is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the EURASIP Journal on Image and Video Processing (SpringerOpen) and Member of the SPS Image, Video, and Multidimensional Signal Processing Technical Committee (2002-07), SPS Multimedia Technical Committee (1999-2003 and 2005-08), and SPS Information Forensics and Security Technical Committee (2010-12). He served as co-organizer for the Workshop on Multimedia Signal Processing (Cannes, 2001) and Multimodal User Authentication (Santa Barbara, 2003). In 2015, he is serving as General Co-Chair for IEEE ICIP (Québec City) and EURASIP EUSIPCO (Nice).

Manuela Saba

Ethics Committee Member

Manuela Saba is a specialist senior legal counsellor in Findomestic Banca S.p.A.. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Law in 1999 and in 2000 started working for Findomestic. In the last seven years she has been in charge of various tasks in the Legal Department, mainly in the areas of corporate secretariat, privacy issues, legal advisory, legal watch and internal control. She also worked in the drafting of procurement contracts and transnational IT contracts and in 2013 – 2014 was in charge of coordinating activities related to lawsuits and alternative dispute resolutions issues. She cooperates with the legal office of the French parent company of Findomestic on an ongoing basis. Since August 2014 she has been in charge of privacy issues for the bank.