Location tracking using smartphone accelerometer and magnetometer traces

Khuong An Nguyen, Raja Naeem Akram, Konstantinos Markantonakis, Zhiyuan Luo, Christopher Watkins

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Abstract

We demonstrate a breach in smartphone location privacy through the accelerometer and magnetometer's footprints. The merits or otherwise of explicitly permissioned location sensors are not the point of this paper. Instead, our proposition is that other non-location-sensitive sensors can track users accurately when the users are in motion, as in travelling on public transport, such as trains, buses, and taxis.

Through field trials, we provide evidence that high accuracy location tracking can be achieved even via non-location-sensitive sensors for which no access authorisation is required from users on a smartphone.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication14th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event14th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security (ARES 2019) - , United Kingdom
Duration: 26 Aug 201929 Aug 2019
https://2019.ares-conference.eu

Conference

Conference14th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security (ARES 2019)
CountryUnited Kingdom
Period26/08/1929/08/19
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Keywords

  • location tracking
  • zero-permission apps

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    Nguyen, K. A., Akram, R. N., Markantonakis, K., Luo, Z., & Watkins, C. (2019). Location tracking using smartphone accelerometer and magnetometer traces. In 14th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security https://doi.org/10.1145/3339252.3340518