Mobile Networks and Applications

, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp 446–459 | Cite as

A Privacy-Considerate Framework for Identity Management in Mobile Services

  • José M. del ÁlamoEmail author
  • Antonio M. Fernández
  • Rubén Trapero
  • Juan C. Yelmo
  • Miguel A. Monjas


The subscribers’ personal information and services that mobile operators are able to provide to Web developers offer new and exciting possibilities in numerous domains. However, bringing mobile information services to the Web to enable a new generation of mobile Web services presents several research challenges on identity and privacy management. In this paper, we describe a framework for identity management in mobile services that empowers users to govern the use and release of their personal information. Our framework is based on a brokering approach that intermediates between the mobile operator’s information services and the Web service providers. By leveraging on Web services, identity management infrastructure and privacy enhancing technologies, our framework provides an effective, privacy-considerate delivery of services over the mobile Web environment. This paper describes the design principles and architecture of the framework as well as the feasibility, applicability and user-experience evaluation we have carried out.


mobile web identity management privacy management service delivery information sharing user-centricity 



This work has been partially supported by CDTI Ministry of Science and Innovation of Spain, as part of the SEGUR@ project (, under the CENIT program, CENIT-2007/2011.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • José M. del Álamo
    • 1
    Email author
  • Antonio M. Fernández
    • 1
  • Rubén Trapero
    • 1
  • Juan C. Yelmo
    • 1
  • Miguel A. Monjas
    • 2
  1. 1.Universidad Politécnica de MadridMadridSpain
  2. 2.Ericsson Technology and Innovation Unit, Madrid R&D CenterMadridSpain

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