In this project, we investigate the problem of visual security in photography restricted locations and events. Due to the ubiquity of camera-equipped phones, it has become a major challenge for the authority to ensure that visitors refrain from using their smartphone's camera. Although countries have photography and videography regulations and bylaws restrictions, however, it is unreliable and inefficient to enforce these restrictions using human invigilators and supervisors only. In this project, our aim is to help authorities enforce these regulations and reinforce visual security for Android smartphone users by disabling the camera remotely. To this end, we propose the Secure Permit Application, an Android application that disables smartphone' camera in prohibited areas and events. Secure Permit Application utilizes built-in smartphone sensors: Near-Field Communication (NFC), Location-Based Services (LBS), and/or Time-Slot. Sensors detect user's entrance/departure and disable/enable smartphones camera accordingly. Moreover, it is compliant with GDPR 2018 consent to ensure users data privacy. The design architecture illustrates efficiently the workflow and process of the application. Additionally, we run a real military scenario, US Fort Lee Army Base, on the design to test and evaluate the application functionality. Consequently, it results in adding and changing several constructive functions on the application.

Published in: Internet Technology and Secured Transactions (ICITST-2018)

  • Date of Conference: 10-13 December 2018
  • DOI: 10.2053/ICITST.WorldCIS.WCST.WCICSS.2018.0012
  • ISBN: 978-1-908320-94-0
  • Conference Location: University of Cambridge, Churchill College