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Achieving anonymous location-based services

McDiarmid, A. and Irvine, J. (2004) Achieving anonymous location-based services. In: VTC 2004 IEEE 60th vehicular technology conference. IEEE, New York, pp. 2970-2973. ISBN 0780385217

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Abstract

Many new cell phones enable precise location measurement using GPS, and operators plan to exploit this by providing location-based services. However, the user can lose some privacy in revealing his GPS-measured location, which is an order of magnitude more precise than the network operator's best estimate. We propose a protocol to allow anonymous use of location-based services, without revealing the user's identity and location to any third party.