Maximum diversity in web application user action privacy

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2020-02-13
Authors
Bagai, Rajiv
Layton, Seth
Gampa, Srikanth
Chandrashekar, Kavitha
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R. Bagai, S. Layton, S. Gampa and K. Chandrashekar, "Maximum Diversity in Web Application User Action Privacy," 2019 IEEE 10th Annual Ubiquitous Computing, Electronics & Mobile Communication Conference (UEMCON), New York City, NY, USA, 2019, pp. 0723-0729

Abstract

Popular web application features, like autosuggestion and auto-correction, are well-known to amply reveal input actions entered by their users to any eavesdroppers, by generating sufficiently unique network activity bursts on actions. Some techniques, like k-anonymity and l-diversity, already exist in the literature for achieving different levels of privacy of user actions by making the generated network bursts for different actions indistinguishable from each other. We present a method that blends network bursts of not entire actions, but their probabilistic portions, with each other. Our method thus results in the maximum possible amount of l-diversity, namely k-diversity, and is a sianificant improvement over the existing ones.

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