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A Methodological Assessment of Location Privacy Risks in Wireless Hotspot Networks
Graduate Student, Department of Computer Science
3/4/2003
3:30pm-4:30pm

Advances in mobile computing enable users to compute and communicate almost regardless of their current location. However, as a side effect this technology considerably increased surveillance potential for user movements. The recent attention to location privacy issues is starting to influence the design of new technologies. However, current research addresses location privacy rather patchwork-like than comprehensively. This paper presents a methodology for identifying, assessing, and comparing location privacy risks in mobile computing technologies. In a case study, the methodology is applied to IEEE 802.11b wireless LAN networks and location-based services, where it points out significant location privacy concerns as well as novel anonymity-based research opportunities.

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