Preventing Sensitive Information Leakage from Mobile Sensor Signals via IntegrativeTransformation

Dalin Zhang, Lina Yao, Kaixuan Chen, Zheng Yang, Xin Gao, Yunhao Liu

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Ubiquitous mobile sensors on human activity recognition pose the threat of leaking personal information that is explicitly contained within the time-series sensor signals and can be extracted by attackers. Existing protective methods only support specific sensitive attributes and require massive relevant sensitive ground truth for training, which is unfavourable to users. To fill this gap, we propose a novel data transformation framework for prohibiting the leakage of sensitive information from sensor data. The proposed framework transforms raw sensor data into a new format, where the sensitive information is hidden and the desired information (e.g., human activities) is retained. Training can be conducted without using any personal information as ground truth. Meanwhile, all attributes of sensitive information (e.g., age, gender) can be hidden through a one-time transformation collectively. The experimental results on two multimodal sensor-based human activity datasets manifest the feasibility of the presented framework in hiding users sensitive information (MAE increases 2 times and accuracy degrades 50%) without degrading the usability of the data for activity recognition (2% accuracy degradation).
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-1
Number of pages1
JournalIEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing
StatePublished - 2021

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