Preventing Multi-Query Attack in Location-Based Services

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Executive Summary

Despite increasing popularity, Location-Based Services (LBS) (e.g., searching nearby points-of-interest on map) on mobile handheld devices have been subject to major privacy concerns for users. The existing third-party privacy protection methods hide the exact location of users from service providers by sending Cloaking Regions (CR) that contain several other user locations in the vicinity. However, this has not ensured LBS full immunity from the privacy concerns. In this paper, the authors describe a serious privacy problem of LBS called multi-query attack.

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