A survey on performance evaluation mechanisms for privacy-aware web search schemes

Rafi Ullah Khan, Mohib Ullah, Bushra Shafi, Imran Ihsan

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Due to the exponential growth of information on the internet, web search engines (WSEs) have become indispensable for effectively retrieving information. Web search engines store the users’ profiles to provide the most relevant results. However, the user profiles may contain sensitive information, including the user’s age, gender, health condition, personal interests, religious or political affiliation, and others. However, this raises serious concerns for the user’s privacy since a user’s identity may get exposed and misused by third parties. Researchers have proposed several techniques to address the issue of privacy infringement while using WSE, such as anonymizing networks, profile obfuscation, and private information retrieval (PIR) protocols. In this chapter, the authors give a brief survey of the privacy attacks and evaluation models used to evaluate the performance of private web search techniques.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProtecting user privacy in web search utilization
EditorsRafi Ullah Khan
Place of PublicationHershey, PA
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781668469163
ISBN (Print)9781668469149, 9781668469156
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameAdvances in Information Security, Privacy, and Ethics
PublisherIGI Global
ISSN (Print)1948-9730
ISSN (Electronic)1948-9749


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