A Privacy-Preserving System for Targeted Coupon Service

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Original languageEnglish
Article number8813066
Pages (from-to)120817-120830
Journal / PublicationIEEE Access
Online published26 Aug 2019
Publication statusPublished - 2019



It is increasingly popular to use behavioral targeting in online coupon service for targeted coupon delivery, wherein customized coupons can be delivered to only eligible users whose behavioral profiles match targeting profiles specified by the vendor. While allowing the vendor to personalize the service and build loyalty, such practice also raises the security challenges of protecting users' behavioral profiles and the vendor' targeting profiles. Our research caters for the trend of targeted coupons yet aims to offer privacy assurance. Unlike prior works which are largely constrained by the mere support for secure behavioral targeting, we ambitiously target a new system design that uniquely provides comprehensive functionalities to satisfy practical needs. Specifically, we explore and present the first full-fledged system design for targeted coupon service with three practical functionalities: (i) Private range search on coupon discounts: it enables a user to securely search for encrypted targeted coupons with certain discount range; (ii) Private behavioral targeting: it ensures that only eligible users can decrypt the ciphertexts of targeted coupons obtained from search; (iii) Private blockchain-empowered coupon redemption: it enables coupon redemption to be securely and transparently settled on the blockchain. We conduct extensive experiments and the results show that our secure system design is practically affordable.

Research Area(s)

  • Privacy, targeted coupon service, secure range search, behavioral targeting, blockchains