UBLS: User-Based Location Selection Scheme for Preserving Location Privacy

Muneera Alotaibi, Mohamed I. Ibrahem, Waleed Alasmary, Dawood Al-Abri, Mohamed Mahmoud

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Abstract

Due to the wide availability of location-based services (LBSs) that enable many applications to provide usertailored services, it becomes possible to trace the locations of an individual by an adversary, especially when the LBS server is distrusted, which violates the user's privacy. Therefore, we propose, in this paper, a user-based location selection scheme (UBLS) to hide the users' locations using k-anonymity to preserve users' privacy. The proposed scheme uses the concept of dummy locations to hide the real locations of the users, but on top of that, it selects the dummy locations based on the users that exist in these locations. Moreover, we propose an attacker location exclusion (ALE) algorithm that can be used to attack the existing location privacy-preserving schemes. We also propose a new metric, namely location privacy level (LPL), to qualify the ability of the malicious LBS server to reduce the privacy level of the requester. Our envisioned UBLS scheme is evaluated with extensive computer-based simulations. Comparing to the existing schemes in the literature that preserve location privacy, our proposed UBLS demonstrates performance improvement in terms of entropy, cloaking region, and location privacy level metrics.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2021 IEEE International Conference on Communications Workshops, ICC Workshops 2021 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781728194417
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021
Externally publishedYes
Event2021 IEEE International Conference on Communications Workshops, ICC Workshops 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: Jun 14 2021Jun 23 2021

Publication series

Name2021 IEEE International Conference on Communications Workshops, ICC Workshops 2021 - Proceedings

Conference

Conference2021 IEEE International Conference on Communications Workshops, ICC Workshops 2021
CityVirtual, Online
Period6/14/216/23/21

Keywords

  • and DLS
  • k-anonymity
  • LBS
  • Location privacy
  • t-closeness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Information Systems and Management

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