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Privacy Engine for Context-Aware Enterprise Application Services

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Satisfying the varied privacy preferences of individuals, while exposing context data to authorized applications and individuals, remains a major challenge for context-aware computing. This paper describes our experiences in building a middleware component, the context privacy engine (CPE), that enforces a role-based, context-dependent privacy model for enterprise domains. While fundamentally an ACL-based access control scheme, CPE extends the traditional ACL mechanism with usage control and context constraints. This paper focuses on discussing issues related to managing and evaluating context-dependent privacy policies. Extensive experimental studies with a production-grade implementation and real-life context sources demonstrate that the CPE can support a large number of concurrent requests. The experiments also show valuable insight on how context-retrieval can affect the privacy evaluation process.

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Embedded and Ubiquitous Computing, 2008. EUC '08. IEEE/IFIP International Conference on  (Volume:2 )

Date of Conference:

17-20 Dec. 2008