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Privacy Preserving Data Gathering in Wireless Sensor Network

Kaosar, M.G. and Yi, X. (2011) Privacy Preserving Data Gathering in Wireless Sensor Network. In: Kar, D.C. and Syed, R., (eds.) Network Security, Administration and Management. IGI Global, pp. 237-251.

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Sensor devices provide sophisticated services in collecting data in various applications, some of which are privacy sensitive; others are ordinary. This chapter emphasizes the necessity and some mechanisms of privacy preserving data gathering techniques in wireless sensor network communication. It also introduces a new solution for privacy preserving data gathering in wireless sensor networks. By using perturbation technique in a semi-trusted server model, this new solution is capable of reducing a significant amount of computation in data collection process. In this technique, data of a sensor is perturbed into two components which are unified into two semi-trusted servers. Servers are assumed not to collude each other. Neither of them have possession of any individual data. Therefore, they cannot discover individual data. There are many real life applications in which the proposed model can be applied. Moreover, this chapter also shows a technique to collect grouped data from distributed sources keeping the privacy preserved. Security proofs show that any of the servers or any individual sensor neither can discover any individual data nor can associate any data to an individual sensor. Thus, the privacy of individual data is preserved.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Publisher: IGI Global
Copyright: © 2011 IGI Global
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