A new privacy model for web surfing

Yuval Elovici, Bracha Shapira, Adlai Maschiach

Next Generation Information Technologies and Systems: 5th International …, 2002

Privacy is becoming a serious challenge in computerized environments, especially the Web where many companies constantly attempt to violate the privacy of users. When a user requests a service on the Internet, an eavesdropper can reveal his identity, the WEB site he accesses (end server), the link between them, and infer private information about the user. The computer security community has concentrated on improving user privacy by hiding his identifiable tracks on the WEB, thus assuring his anonymity while surfing. However, users may want or need to identify themselves over the net but still retain their information needs and profile in private. The privacy model suggested in this paper is aimed at preserving users’ privacy while allowing them to identify themselves to various services, and prevents eavesdroppers from using identifiable users’ tracks to construct a user profile. The model is based on …