Opaque: Protecting path privacy in directions search

Ken C.K. Lee, Wang Chien Lee, Hong Va Leong, Baihua Zheng

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Abstract

Directions search returns the shortest path from a source to a destination on a road network. However, the search interests of users may be exposed to the service providers, thus raising privacy concerns. For instance, a path query that finds a path from a resident address to a clinic may lead to a deduction about "who is related to what disease ". To protect user privacy from accessing directions search services, we introduce the OPAQUE system, which consists of two major components: (1) an obfuscator that formulates obfuscated path queries by mixing true and fake sources/destinations; and (2) an obfuscated path query processor installed in the server for obfuscated path query processing. OPAQUE reduces the likelihood of path queries being revealed and allows retrieval of requested paths. We propose two types of obfuscated path queries, namely, independently obfuscated path query and shared obfuscated path query to strike a balance between privacy protection strength and query processing overhead, and to enhance privacy protection against collusion attacks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 25th IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering, ICDE 2009
Pages1271-1274
Number of pages4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 9 2009
Event25th IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering, ICDE 2009 - Shanghai, China
Duration: Mar 29 2009Apr 2 2009

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Conference on Data Engineering
ISSN (Print)1084-4627

Other

Other25th IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering, ICDE 2009
CountryChina
CityShanghai
Period3/29/094/2/09

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Information Systems

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Lee, K. C. K., Lee, W. C., Leong, H. V., & Zheng, B. (2009). Opaque: Protecting path privacy in directions search. In Proceedings - 25th IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering, ICDE 2009 (pp. 1271-1274). [4812518] (Proceedings - International Conference on Data Engineering). https://doi.org/10.1109/ICDE.2009.218