Microaggregation- and Permutation-Based Anonymization of Mobility Data

Provided by: Elsevier
Topic: Data Management
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Movement data, that is, trajectories of mobile objects, are automatically collected in huge quantities by technologies such as GPS, GSM or RFID, among others. Publishing and exploiting such data is essential to improve transportation, to understand the dynamics of the economy in a region, etc. However, there are obvious threats to the privacy of individuals if their trajectories are published in a way which allows re-identification of the individual behind a trajectory. The authors contribute to the literature on privacy-preserving publication of trajectories by presenting a distance measure for trajectories which naturally considers both spatial and temporal aspects of trajectories, is computable in polynomial time, and can cluster trajectories not defined over the same time span.

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