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Practical Privacy Measures in Blockchains

  • Omar S. SalehEmail author
  • Osman Ghazali
  • Norbik Bashah Idris
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Part of the Studies in Big Data book series (SBD, volume 71)

Abstract

The Blockchain Technology has recently been a hot topic proposed in many industries such as Financial, Healthcare, Business, E-Government, Education, etc. The Blockchain can simply be defined as a distributed database or public ledger that contains records of all digital transactions/events that have transpired amongst the parties involved. The technology itself is comprised of other more fundamental knowledge namely: cryptography, distributed system, network and game theory. Thus at the more basic level, the blockchain components include functions such as hash, asymmetric cryptography, digital signatures, peer-to-peer network protocols and some elements of a “proof of correctness/work” resulting from a game-like setup. Against a backdrop of such a mixture of functions, “privacy” has emerged to be one of the new challenges in any Blockchain implementation. This research aims to investigate the techniques that can be used to successfully manage privacy in the blockchains. The work has identified the requirements and analyzed the techniques that can be used. Finally, the work was also extended to an analysis on the performance evaluation of blockchains in managing privacy albeit focusing on a specific blockchain—the Hyperledger fabric platform.

Keywords

DLT (Distributed Ledger Technology) Blockchain Cryptography Hash Privacy Zero-knowledge proofs Peer-to-peer Hyperledger 

Notes

Acknowledgements

Authors would like to sincerely thank Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Malaysia and Ministry of Higher Education, Iraq for supporting this research.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Omar S. Saleh
    • 2
    • 1
    Email author
  • Osman Ghazali
    • 2
  • Norbik Bashah Idris
    • 3
  1. 1.Studies, Planning and Follow-Up DirectorateMinistry of Higher Education and Scientific ResearchBaghdadIraq
  2. 2.School of ComputingUniversity Utara MalaysiaKedahMalaysia
  3. 3.Kulliyyah of Information and Communication Technology, International Islamic University MalaysiaKuala LumpurMalaysia

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