Title: DisPA: An Intelligent Agent for Private Web Search
Authors: Juarez Miro, Marc
Vicenç, Torra
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Series Title: Studies in Computational Intelligence vol:567
Host Document: Advanced Research in Data Privacy pages:389-405
Abstract: Search queries can be used to infer preferences and interests of users. While search engines use this information for, among others, targeted advertising and personalization, these tasks can violate user’s privacy. In 2006, after AOL disclosed the search queries of 650,000 users and some of them were re-identified, many Privacy Enhancement Technologies (PETs) have sought to solve this problem. The Dissociating Privacy Agent (DisPA), is a browser extension that acts as a proxy between the user and the search engine and semantically dissociates queries on real time. We show that DisPA increases the privacy of the user and hinders re-identification. We also propose an algorithm to measure and evaluate the privacy properties offered by DisPA.
ISBN: 978-3-319-09884-5
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IHb
Appears in Collections:ESAT - COSIC, Computer Security and Industrial Cryptography (+)

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