This paper proposes a purpose-based access control model in distributed computing environment for privacy preserving policies and mechanisms, and describes algorithms for policy conflicting problems. The mechanism enforces access policy to data containing personally identifiable information. The key component is purpose involved access control models for expressing highly complex privacy-related policies with various features. A policy refers to an access right that a subject can have on an object, based on attribute predicates, obligation actions, and system conditions. Policy conflicting problems may arise when new access policies are generated that are possible to be conflicted to existing policies. As a result of the policy conflicts, private information cannot be well protected. The structure of purpose involved access control policy is studied, and efficient conflict-checking algorithms are developed and implemented. Finally a discussion of our work in comparison with other related work such as EPAL is presented.


Purpose; Privacy; Access Control; Conflicts

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