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A Survey on Privacy in Mobile Participatory Sensing Applications

Christin, Delphine and Reinhardt, Andreas and Kanhere, Salil and Hollick, Matthias (2011):
A Survey on Privacy in Mobile Participatory Sensing Applications.
In: The Journal of Systems & Software, pp. 1928-1946, 84, (11), DOI: 10.1016/j.jss.2011.06.073,
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Abstract

The presence of multimodal sensors on current mobile phones enables a broad range of novel mobile applications. Environmental and user-centric sensor data of unprecedented quantity and quality can be captured and reported by a possible user base of billions of mobile phone subscribers worldwide. The strong focus on the collection of detailed sensor data may however compromise user privacy in various regards, e.g., by tracking a user’s current location. In this survey, we identify the sensing modalities used in current participatory sensing applications, and assess the threats to user privacy when personal information is sensed and disclosed. We outline how privacy aspects are addressed in existing sensing applications, and determine the adequacy of the solutions under real-world conditions. Finally, we present countermeasures from related research fields, and discuss their applicability in participatory sensing scenarios. Based on our findings, we identify open issues and outline possible solutions to guarantee user privacy in participatory sensing.

Item Type: Article
Erschienen: 2011
Creators: Christin, Delphine and Reinhardt, Andreas and Kanhere, Salil and Hollick, Matthias
Title: A Survey on Privacy in Mobile Participatory Sensing Applications
Language: German
Abstract:

The presence of multimodal sensors on current mobile phones enables a broad range of novel mobile applications. Environmental and user-centric sensor data of unprecedented quantity and quality can be captured and reported by a possible user base of billions of mobile phone subscribers worldwide. The strong focus on the collection of detailed sensor data may however compromise user privacy in various regards, e.g., by tracking a user’s current location. In this survey, we identify the sensing modalities used in current participatory sensing applications, and assess the threats to user privacy when personal information is sensed and disclosed. We outline how privacy aspects are addressed in existing sensing applications, and determine the adequacy of the solutions under real-world conditions. Finally, we present countermeasures from related research fields, and discuss their applicability in participatory sensing scenarios. Based on our findings, we identify open issues and outline possible solutions to guarantee user privacy in participatory sensing.

Journal or Publication Title: The Journal of Systems & Software
Volume: 84
Number: 11
Uncontrolled Keywords: Secure Things
Divisions: 20 Department of Computer Science > Sichere Mobile Netze
LOEWE > LOEWE-Zentren > CASED – Center for Advanced Security Research Darmstadt
LOEWE > LOEWE-Zentren
20 Department of Computer Science
LOEWE
Date Deposited: 31 Dec 2016 11:08
DOI: 10.1016/j.jss.2011.06.073
Identification Number: TUD-CS-2011-0226
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