Thoughts on mobility data and privacy.

In 2021 I started working on my dissertation about privacy-preserving analytics of human mobility data. With this blog, I want to share interesting insights and useful implementations concerning mobility data and its privacy that I encounter along the way. I’m always happy about feedback, comments, or questions!

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Publication: Towards mobility reports with user-level privacy

Mobility data, even aggregated statistics, can usually not be shared without privacy concerns. Within this publication, my co-authors Saskia Nuñez von Voigt, Helena Mihaljević, and Florian Tschorsch and I aim to provide a report that compiles typical analyses of urban human mobility and provides privacy guarantees so that it can be shared freely. Some main…

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Publication: Collection, usage and privacy of mobility data in the enterprise and public administrations

What mobility data sources are used in practice? For which purposes? Which models are used? What privacy enhancements are already implemented? I asked 13 experts from public administrations, public transit companies, mobility platforms and apps, automobile manufacturers, sensor companies, and market research companies and presented my results at the Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium 2022, which…

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How much privacy do “Privacy Zones” provide?

In this post, I gave an overview of different privacy-enhancing techniques for mobility data. This post is the first to deep-dive into single specific techniques by looking into privacy zones. Social-network sports apps like Strava are used to track and share personal sporting performances, including pictures and GPS traces. This has led to undesired events:…

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