Figure 1

From: Unique in the Crowd: The privacy bounds of human mobility

Figure 1

(A) Trace of an anonymized mobile phone user during a day.The dots represent the times and locations where the user made or received a call. Every time the user has such an interaction, the closest antenna that routes the call is recorded. (B) The same user's trace as recorded in a mobility database. The Voronoi lattice, represented by the grey lines, are an approximation of the antennas reception areas, the most precise location information available to us. The user's interaction times are here recorded with a precision of one hour. (C) The same individual's trace when we lower the resolution of our dataset through spatial and temporal aggregation. Antennas are aggregated in clusters of size two and their associated regions are merged. The user's interaction are recorded with a precision of two hours. Such spatial and temporal aggregation render the 8:32 am and 9:15 am interactions indistinguishable.