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Utilizing Social Links for Location Privacy in Opportunistic Delay-Tolerant Networks

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Executive Summary

This paper is concerned with improving location-privacy for users accessing location-based services in opportunistic DTNs. The authors design a protocol that offers location privacy through request/reply location obfuscation technique that uses the nodes' own social network to drive the forwarding heuristic. They propose a fully distributed Social-based Location Privacy Protocol (SLPD) that utilizes social ties between nodes to ensure K-Anonymity, i.e. the requesting node's locations cannot be determined from at least k-1 other nodes in its social network. They evaluate SLPD using extensive simulations and real connectivity data traces. They compare their results to a benchmark protocol that requires centralized trusted server.

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