Privacy versus Location Accuracy in Opportunistic Wearable Networks

Viktoriia Shubina, Aleksandr Ometov, Sergey Andreev, Dragos Niculescu, Elena-Simona Lohan

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Future wearable devices are expected to increasingly exchange their positioning information with various Location-Based Services (LBSs). Wearable applications can include activity-based health and fitness recommendations, location-based social networking, location-based gamification, among many others. With the growing opportunities for LBSs, it is expected that location privacy concerns will also increase significantly. Particularly, in opportunistic wireless networks based on device-to-device (D2D) connectivity, a user can request a higher level of control over own location privacy, which may result in more flexible permissions granted to wearable devices. This translates into the ability to perform location obfuscation to the desired degree when interacting with other wearables or service providers across the network. In this paper, we argue that specific errors in the disclosed location information feature two components: a measurement error inherent to the localization algorithm used by a wearable device and an intentional (or obfuscation) error that may be based on a trade-off between a particular LBS and a desired location privacy level. This work aims to study the trade-off between positioning accuracy and location information privacy in densely crowded scenarios by introducing two privacy-centric metrics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Localization and GNSS (ICL-GNSS)
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781728164557
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jun 2020
Publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
EventInternational Conference on Localization and GNSS -
Duration: 1 Jan 1900 → …

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Localization and GNSS
ISSN (Electronic)2325-0747


ConferenceInternational Conference on Localization and GNSS
Period1/01/00 → …

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  • Publication forum level 1


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