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Location Privacy in Device-Dependent Location-Based Services: Challenges and Solution

Yuhang Wang1, Yanbin Sun1,*, Shen Su1, Zhihong Tian1, Mohan Li1, Jing Qiu1, Xianzhi Wang2

Cyberspace Institute of Advanced Technology, Guangzhou University, Guangzhou, 510006, China,
School of Software, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney NSW 2007, Australia.

* Corresponding Author: Yanbin Sun. Email: .

Computers, Materials & Continua 2019, 59(3), 983-993.


With the evolution of location-based services (LBS), a new type of LBS has already gain a lot of attention and implementation, we name this kind of LBS as the Device-Dependent LBS (DLBS). In DLBS, the service provider (SP) will not only send the information according to the user’s location, more significant, he also provides a service device which will be carried by the user. DLBS has been successfully practised in some of the large cities around the world, for example, the shared bicycle in Beijing and London. In this paper, we, for the first time, blow the whistle of the new location privacy challenges caused by DLBS, since the service device is enabled to perform the localization without the permission of the user. To conquer these threats, we design a service architecture along with a credit system between DLBS provider and the user. The credit system tie together the DLBS device usability with the curious behaviour upon user’s location privacy, DLBS provider has to sacrifice their revenue in order to gain extra location information of their device. We make the simulation of our proposed scheme and the result convince its effectiveness.


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Y. Wang, Y. Sun, S. Su, Z. Tian, M. Li et al., "Location privacy in device-dependent location-based services: challenges and solution," Computers, Materials & Continua, vol. 59, no.3, pp. 983–993, 2019.


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