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Sandeepa, C., Siniarski, B., Kourtellis, N., Wang, S., & Liyanage, M. (2022). A survey on privacy for B5G/6G: New privacy challenges, and research directions. Journal of Industrial Information Integration, 30, 100405.

A survey on privacy for B5G/6G : new privacy challenges, and research directions

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Author: Sandeepa, Chamara1; Siniarski, Bartlomiej1; Kourtellis, Nicolas2;
Organizations: 1School of Computer Science, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
2Telefonica Research, Barcelona, Spain
3Centre for Wireless Communications, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: embargoed
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Language: English
Published: Elsevier, 2022
Publish Date: 2024-10-17


Massive developments in mobile wireless telecommunication networks have been made during the last few decades. At present, mobile users are getting familiar with the latest 5G networks, and the discussion for the next generation of Beyond 5G (B5G)/6G networks has already been initiated. It is expected that B5G/6G will push the existing network capabilities to the next level, with higher speeds, enhanced reliability and seamless connectivity. To make these expectations a reality, research is progressing on new technologies, architectures, and intelligence-based decision-making processes related to B5G/6G. Privacy considerations are a crucial aspect that requires further attention in such developments, as billions of people and devices will be transmitting data through the upcoming network. However, the main recognition remains biased towards the network security. A discussion focused on privacy of B5G/6G is lacking at the moment. To address the gap, this paper provides a comprehensive survey on privacy-related aspects of B5G/6G networks. First, it discusses a taxonomy of different privacy perspectives. Based on the taxonomy, the paper then conceptualizes a set of challenges that appear as barriers to reach privacy preservation. Next, this work provides a set of solutions applicable to the proposed architecture of B5G/6G networks to mitigate the challenges. It also provides an overview of standardization initiatives for privacy preservation. Finally, the paper concludes with a roadmap of future directions, which will be an arena for new research towards privacy-enhanced B5G/6G networks. This work provides a basis for privacy aspects that will significantly impact peoples’ daily lives when using these future networks.

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Series: Journal of industrial information integration
ISSN: 2467-964X
ISSN-E: 2452-414X
ISSN-L: 2467-964X
Volume: 30
Article number: 100405
DOI: 10.1016/j.jii.2022.100405
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 213 Electronic, automation and communications engineering, electronics
Funding: This work is primarily supported by European Union under the SPATIAL (Grant No: 101021808) project. In addition, this work is partly supported by European Union under projects CONCORDIA (Grant No: 830927) and ACCORDION (Grant No: 871793); Academy of Finland under project 6Genesis (Grant No: 318927); Science Foundation Ireland under CONNECT phase 2 (Grant No: 13/RC/2077_P2).
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 318927
Detailed Information: 318927 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © 2022. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license