SPICE: Secure Proximity-based Infrastructure for Close Encounters


Aarathi Prasad, Xiaohui Liang, and David Kotz. SPICE: Secure Proximity-based Infrastructure for Close Encounters. Proceedings of the ACM Workshop on Mobile Crowdsensing Systems and Applications (CrowdSense), pages 56–61. ACM, November 2017. doi:10.1145/3139243.3139245. ©Copyright ACM.


We present a crowdsourcing system that extends the capabilities of location-based applications and allows users to connect and exchange information with users in spatial and temporal proximity. We define this incident of spatio-temporal proximity as a close encounter. Typically, location-based application users store their information on a server, and trust the server to provide access only to authorized users, not misuse the data or disclose their location history. Our system, called SPICE, addresses these privacy issues by leveraging Wi-Fi access points to connect users and encrypt their information before it is exchanged, so only users in close encounters have access to the information. We present the design of the system and describe the challenges in implementing the protocol in a real-world application.

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Keywords: [privacy] [security]

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