On blind signatures and perfect crimes

Sebastiaan von Solms, David Naccache

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David Chaum has introduced the idea of blind signatures, an extension of the concept of digital signatures, as a way to protect the identity and privacy of a user in electronic payment and service networks. Blind signatures also prevent so-called "dossier creation" about users by organizations. While the concept of blind signatures still allows authorities to distinguish between valid and false data, it prevents these authorities from connecting specific data or actions to specific users. With the growing emphasis on the protection of the privacy of user data and user actions in electronic systems, blind signatures seem to be a perfect solution. This paper however, discusses a problematic aspect of blind signatures, showing that this perfect solution can potentially lead to perfect crime. We use a real crime case as an example.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)581-583
Number of pages3
JournalComputers and Security
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1992


  • Access control
  • Blind signatures
  • Digital cash
  • Digital signatures
  • Network protection
  • Privacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • Law


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