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Embellishing Text Search Queries To Protect User Privacy

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Embellishing Text Search Queries To Protect User Privacy
Users of text search engines are increasingly wary that their activities may disclose confidential information about their business or personal profiles. It would be desirable for a search engine to perform document retrieval for users while protecting their intent. In this paper, we identify the privacy risks arising from semantically related search terms within a query, and from recurring highspecificity query terms in a search session. To counter the risks, we propose a solution for a similarity text retrieval system to offer anonymity and plausible deniability for the query terms, and hence the user intent, without degrading the system’s precision-recall performance. The solution comprises a mechanism that embellishes each user query with decoy terms that exhibit similar specificity spread as the genuine terms, but point to plausible alternative topics. We also provide an accompanying retrieval scheme that enables the search engine to compute the encrypted document relevance...
HweeHwa Pang, Xuhua Ding, Xiaokui Xiao
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Type Journal
Year 2010
Where PVLDB
Authors HweeHwa Pang, Xuhua Ding, Xiaokui Xiao
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