Multi-lateral privacy-preserving localization in pervasive environments

Tao Shu, Yingying Chen, Jie Yang, Albert Williams

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Location based services (LBSs) have raised serious privacy concerns in the society, due to the possibility of leaking a mobile user's location information in enabling location-dependent services. While existing location-privacy studies are mainly focused on preventing the leakage of user's location in accessing the LBS server, the possible privacy leakage during the localization process has been largely ignored. Such a privacy leakage stems from the fact that a localization algorithm typically takes the location of anchors (i.e., reference points for localization) as input, and generates the target's location as output. As such, the location of anchors, and consequently the target's location, could be leaked to others. An adversary could further utilize the leakage of anchor's locations to attack the localization infrastructure and undermine the accurate estimation of the target's location. To address this issue, in this paper, we study the multi-lateral privacy preserving localization problem, whereby the location of a target is calculated without the need of revealing anchors' location, and the knowledge of the localization outcome is strictly limited to the target itself. To fully protect user's privacy, our study protects not only the user's exact location information (the geo-coordinates), but also any side information that may lead to a coarse estimate of the location. Three privacy-preserving localization solutions are developed by leveraging combinations of information hiding and homomorphic encryption. These solutions provide different levels of protection for location side information and resilience to node collusion, and have the advantage of being able to trade user's privacy requirements for better computation/ communication efficiency.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIEEE INFOCOM 2014 - IEEE Conference on Computer Communications
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781479933600
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event33rd IEEE Conference on Computer Communications, IEEE INFOCOM 2014 - Toronto, ON, Canada
Duration: Apr 27 2014May 2 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE INFOCOM
ISSN (Print)0743-166X


Other33rd IEEE Conference on Computer Communications, IEEE INFOCOM 2014
CityToronto, ON

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Shu, T., Chen, Y., Yang, J., & Williams, A. (2014). Multi-lateral privacy-preserving localization in pervasive environments. In IEEE INFOCOM 2014 - IEEE Conference on Computer Communications (pp. 2319-2327). [6848176] (Proceedings - IEEE INFOCOM). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc..