A Novel Privacy Preserving Method for the Location Tracking of Mobile Devices

Buchanan, W., Kwecka, Z., Ekonomou, E. (2013). A Novel Privacy Preserving Method for the Location Tracking of Mobile Devices. The Journal of Mobile Communication, Computation and Information: Special Issue on Security, 18, (), 728–737.

ISBN: 1572-8196
ISSN: 1022-0038


Two of the major changes within computing, at the present time, are the move towards service-oriented architectures and the increasing usage of mobile devices to access these services. Along with this, as these devices are often moving, extra context information can be provided to a service, if the user is known, along with their actual location and their current trajectory. This includes useful applications such as providing the nearest bus stop to a user, and thus to show the buses which are due to arrive next. While this type of information is useful to the user for services that are trusted, there can be many issues related to the gathering of location information for non-trusted applications, such as for location-based marketing, or for user behaviour profiling. With simple security controls being applied to the access of the location information from mobile devices, it is important that users understand how their location information is being used. This paper reviews some of the current methods which are being proposed in order to reduce the impact of location tracking on user privacy.
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William Buchanan
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Elias Ekonomou
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Electronic information now plays a vital role in almost every aspect of our daily lives. So the need for a secure and trustworthy online infrastructure is more important than ever. without it, not only the growth of the internet but our personal interactions and the economy itself could be at risk.

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