Mobility

Traffic-Aware Multiple Mix Zone Placement for Protecting Location Privacy

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Executive Summary

Privacy protection is of critical concern to Location-Based Service (LBS) users in mobile networks. Long-term pseudonyms, although appear to be anonymous, in fact empower third-party service providers to continuously track users' movements. Researchers have proposed the mix zone model to allow pseudonym changes in protected areas. In this paper, the authors investigate a new form of privacy attack to the LBS system that an adversary reveals a user's true identity and complete moving trajectory with the aid of side information. They propose a new metric to quantify the system's resilience to such attacks, and suggest using multiple mix zones to tackle this problem.

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