Anonymous Usage of Location-Based Services Through Spatial and Temporal Cloaking

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Executive Summary

Advances in sensing and tracking technology enable location-based applications but they also create significant privacy risks. Anonymity can provide a high degree of privacy, save service users from dealing with service providers' privacy policies, and reduce the service providers' requirements for safeguarding private information. However, guaranteeing anonymous usage of location-based services requires that the precise location information transmitted by a user cannot be easily used to re-identify the subject. This paper presents middleware architecture and algorithms that can be used by a centralized location broker service.

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