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Consumer online-privacy and anonymity protection using infomediary schemes

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2 Author(s)
Gritzalis, D. ; Dept. of Informatics, Athens Univ.of Econ. & Bus., Greece ; Kyrloglou, N.

The rapid evolution of the Internet may largely depend on gaining and maintaining the trust of users. This possibility may especially rule enterprises whose financial viability depends on electronic commerce. Customers will neither have the time, the ability or the endurance to work out the best deals with vendors, nor will vendors have time to bargain with every customer. In order for customers to strike the best bargain with vendors, they need a privacy supporter, an information intermediary or "infomediary". Infomediaries will become the custodians, agents and brokers of customer personal information exchanged via the Internet, while at the same time protecting their privacy. There is a scale between security and privacy that currently leans towards security; security adopts strong user authentication mechanisms. In order to control access to personal data, while privacy requires loose authentication in order to provide user anonymity. In this paper, we introduce a new infomediary-based privacy-enhancing business model, which is capable of providing anonymity, privacy and security to customers and vendors of e-commerce. Using this model, customers can buy goods or services without revealing their real identity or preferences to vendors, and vendors can sell or advertise goods or services without violating the privacy of their customers

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Computer Science Society, 2001. SCCC '01. Proceedings. XXI Internatinal Conference of the Chilean

Date of Conference:

2001