Enhancing Social Network Privacy in Web Browsing

T. Manjula, K. G. Anitha


Personalized web search (PWS) has demonstrated its effectiveness in improving the quality of various search services on the Internet. However, evidences show that users’ reluctance to disclose their private information during search has become a major barrier for the wide proliferation of PWS. We study privacy protection in PWS applications that model user preferences as hierarchical user profiles. We propose a PWS framework called UPS that can adaptively generalize profiles by queries while respecting user-specified privacy requirements. Our run time generalization aim sat striking a balance between wopredictive metrics that evaluate the utility of personalization and the privacy risk of exposing the generalized profile. We present two greedy algorithms, namely Greedy D P and Greedy IL, for runtime gene realization. We also provide an on line prediction mechanism for deciding whether personalizing a query is beneficial. Extensive experiments demonstrate the effectiveness of our framework. The experimental results also reveal that Greedy IL significantly out performs Greedy DP in terms of efficiency.


Privacy protection; personalized web search; utility; risk; profile

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