Query-Aware Location Anonymization for Road Networks

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Executive Summary

Recently, several techniques have been proposed to protect the user location privacy for location-based services in the Euclidean space. Applying these techniques directly to the road network environment would lead to privacy leakage and inefficient query processing. In this paper, the authors propose a new location anonymization algorithm that is designed specifically for the road network environment. Their algorithm relies on the commonly used concept of spatial cloaking, where a user location is cloaked into a set of connected road segments of a minimum total length L including at least K users.

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