SPCSS: Social Network Based Privacy-Preserving Criminal Suspects Sensing

Jian Xu, Andi Wang, Jun Wu*, Chen Wang, Ruijin Wang, Fucai Zhou

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With development of online social networks, many criminal suspects use social network to communicate with each other. In order to obtain valuable criminal clues, considerable research works have been done to analyze criminal suspects' social data. However, most of them did not pay much attention on privacy-preserving problems, which may leak some sensitive data in the analysis process. To solve this problem, we propose a novel analysis approach of criminal suspects by exploiting social data and crime data that are collected by social network and police information systems. We enable the social cloud server and public security cloud server to exchange social information of criminal suspects and user's public information in a privacy-preserving way. Specifically, we propose a privacy-preserving data retrieving method based on oblivious transfer to guarantee that only the authorized entities can perform queries on suspects' social data, while the social cloud server cannot infer anything during the query. Moreover, several building blocks, such as encrypted data comparing, secure classification and regression tree (CART) model are also proposed. Based on these building blocks, we designed a privacy-preserving criminal suspects sensing scheme. Finally, we demonstrate a performance evaluation which shows that our scheme can enhance analysis of criminal suspects without privacy leakage, while with low overhead.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8960315
Pages (from-to)261-274
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Transactions on Computational Social Systems
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Feb
Externally publishedYes


  • Classifier
  • criminal suspects analysis
  • decision tree
  • privacy-preserving
  • social network

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Human-Computer Interaction


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