Name : Marion VIDEAU

Institution : University Henri Poincaré, Nancy 1, France, on secondment to the Central Information System Security Division (DCSSI), part of the Secretariat-General for National Defense


Marion Videau is a “maître de conférence (could be translated as “assistant professor) in informatics at the university Henri Poincaré in Nancy and develops her research activities at the LORIA laboratory. She is currently on secondment to the Central Information System Security Division (DCSSI) part of the Secretariat-General for National Defence (Prime Minister service) in the cryptography group.

Her research focus is cryptography. She did her PhD at INRIA (2005) near Paris. Before getting her position at the university, she visited the Selmer Centre in Bergen as a Marie Curie student, worked with the university of Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée and with CNRS. She is interested in symmetric cryptography and discrete mathematics. She is also developing research activities around the interactions between information security and legal safeguards.


Publications :

·                     Emmanuel Bresson, Anne Canteaut, Benoît Chevallier-Mames, Christophe Clavier, Thomas Fuhr, Aline Gouget, Thomas Icart, Jean-François Misarsky, Marìa Naya-Plasencia, Pascal Paillier, Thomas Pornin, Jean-René Reinhard, Céline Thuillet, Marion Videau - Shabal, a Submission to NIST’s Cryptographic Hash Algorithm Competition. Submission to NIST, 2008.

·                     Stéphanie Lacour, Marion Videau - Légistique de l'écrit électronique. In La Sécurité aujourd'hui dans la société de l'information. 183--208. - l'Harmattan, 2007.



Title: Preliminary thoughts on health identifiers


            In France like in the United States1 there is a clear demand from health care providers to get a proper means for identifying patients. To answer it, the use of a health identifier has been made compulsory in 2007 by the article L1111-8-1 from the Code de la santé publique (public health). Such an identifier has to be used for the interest of the patient, to help coordination between health care providers and to improve the quality of health care, for the storing, hosting and transmission of health data. It is also required to give the access to the personal medical file created by the article L. 161-36-1 from the Code de la sécurité sociale (social security) and the pharmaceutical file created by the article L. 161-36-4-2 from the same Code. As a personal data, such an identifier is protected by the law called “Informatique et Libertés” (January 6th 1978) and it is all the more protected that it is related to health information that are especially protected both by national and European laws.

            We will try to make a clear map of the needs the different parties involved can have and ask the question whether there are technical, organisational and/or legal answers to all these requirements.






1. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Unique Health Identifier for Individuals, A White Paper. 7/2/98.