Yulei Wu, Hong-Ning Dai, Hao Wang, Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo
IEEE Network
Publication year: 2020


5G-enabled drones have potential applications in a variety of both military and civilian settings (e.g., monitoring and tracking of individuals in demonstrations and/or enforcing of social / physical distancing during pandemics such as COVID-19). Such applications generally involve the collection and dissemination of (massive) data from the drones to remote data centres for storage and analysis, for example via 5G networks. Consequently, there are security and privacy considerations underpinning 5G-enabled drone communications. We posit the potential of leveraging blockchain to facilitate privacy preservation, and therefore in this article we will review existing blockchain-based solutions after introducing the architecture for 5G-enabled drone communications and blockchain. We will also review existing legislation and data privacy regulations that need to be considered in the design of blockchain-based solutions, as well as identifying potential challenges and open issues which will hopefully inform future research agenda.


  • Drones
  • 5G
  • Blockchain
  • Privacy Preservation
  • Legislation and Data Privacy Regulations


  author={Yulei Wu and Hong-Ning Dai and Hao Wang and Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo},
  journal={IEEE Network}, 
  title={{Blockchain-based Privacy Preservation for 5G-enabled Drone Communications}}, 

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