[Resource Topic] 2020/528: Privacy-Preserving COVID-19 Contact Tracing App: A Zero-Knowledge Proof Approach

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Privacy-Preserving COVID-19 Contact Tracing App: A Zero-Knowledge Proof Approach

Authors: Joseph K. Liu, Man Ho Au, Tsz Hon Yuen, Cong Zuo, Jiawei Wang, Amin Sakzad, Xiapu Luo, Li Li, Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo


In this paper, we propose a privacy-preserving contact tracing protocol for smart phones, and more specifically Android and iOS phones. The protocol allows users to be notified, if they have been a close contact of a confirmed patient. The protocol is designed to strike a balance between privacy, security, and scalability. Specifically, the app allows all users to hide their past location(s) and contact history from the Government, without affecting their ability to determine whether they have close contact with a confirmed patient whose identity will not be revealed. A zero-knowledge protocol is used to achieve such a user privacy functionality. In terms of security, no user can send fake messages to the system to launch a false positive attack. We present a security model and formally prove the security of the protocol. To demonstrate scalability, we evaluate an Android and an iOS implementation of our protocol. A comparative summary shows that our protocol is the most comprehensive and balanced privacy-preserving contact tracing solution to-date.

ePrint: https://eprint.iacr.org/2020/528

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