PRAW—A PRivAcy model for the Web

Bracha Shapira, Yuval Elovici, Adlay Meshiach, Tsvi Kuflik

Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 56 (2 …, 2005

Web navigation enables easy access to vast amounts of information and services. However, it also poses a major risk to users’ privacy. Various eavesdroppers constantly attempt to violate users’ privacy by tracking their navigation activities and inferring their interests and needs (profiles). Users who wish to keep their intentions secret forego useful services to avoid exposure. The computer security community has concentrated on improving users’ privacy by concealing their identity on the Web. However, users may want or need to identify themselves over the Net to receive certain services but still retain their interests, needs, and intentions in private. PRAW—a PRivAcy model for the Web suggested in this paper—is aimed at hiding users’ navigation tracks to prevent eavesdroppers from inferring their profiles but still allowing them to be identified. PRAW is based on continuous generation of fake transactions in …