Privacy Defense

User privacy on the internet is an important and unsolved problem. So far, no sufficient and comprehensive solution has been proposed that helps a user to protect his or her privacy while using the internet. Data are collected and assembled by numerous service providers. Solutions so far focused on the side of the service providers to store encrypted or transformed data that can be still used for analysis. This has a major flaw, as it relies on the service providers to do this. The user has no chance of actively protecting his or her privacy. In this project, we suggest a new approach, empowering the user to take advantage of the same tool the other side has, namely data mining to produce data which obfuscates the user’s profile.

2017

Wicker, Jörg; Kramer, Stefan

The Best Privacy Defense is a Good Privacy Offense: Obfuscating a Search Engine User's Profile Journal Article

Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery, 31 (5), pp. 1419-1443, 2017, ISSN: 1573-756X.

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