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Proximity based services are location based services (LBS) in which the service adaptation depends on the comparison between a given threshold value and the distance between a user and other (possibly moving) entities. While privacy preservation in LBS has lately received much attention, very limited work has been done on privacy-aware proximity based services. This paper describes the main privacy threats that the usage of these services can lead to, and proposes original privacy preservation techniques offering different trade-offs between quality of service and privacy preservation. The properties of the proposed algorithms are formally proved, and an extensive experimental work illustrates the practicality of the approach.
Date of Conference: 18-20 May 2009