Vehicular Social Networks (VSNs), viewed as the integration of traditional vehicular networks and social networks, are promising communication platforms based on the development of intelligent vehicles and deployment of intelligent transportation systems. Passengers can obtain information by searching over Internet or querying vehicles in proximity through intra-vehicle equipment. Hence, the performance of content dissemination in VSNs heavily relies on inter-vehicle communication and human behaviors. However, privacy preservation always conflicts with the usability of individual information in VSNs. The highly dynamic topology and increasing kinds of participants lead to potential threats for communication security and individual privacy. Therefore, the privacy-preserving solutions for content dissemination in VSNs have become extremely challenging, and numerous researches have been conducted recently. This article presents an in-depth survey of content dissemination, its privacy issues, and corresponding solutions in VSNs. Compared with related surveys, this article provides the unique characteristics of privacy-preserving requirements and solutions for content dissemination in VSNs. It focuses on: a) a comprehensive overview of content dissemination in VSNs; b) the privacy issues and potential attacks related to content dissemination; and c) the corresponding solutions based on privacy consideration. First, the characteristics of VSNs, content dissemination and its solutions in VSNs are revealed. Second, the privacy issues for content dissemination in the current VSN architecture are analyzed and classified according to their features. Various privacy-preserving content dissemination schemes, attempting to resist distinct attacks, are also discussed. Finally, the research challenges and open issues are summarized.

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Wang, X. (Xiaojie), Ning, Z. (Zhaolong), Zhou, M.C. (Meng Chu), Hu, X. (Xiping), Wang, L. (Lei), Zhang, Y. (Yan), … Hu, B. (Bin). (2018). Privacy-Preserving Content Dissemination for Vehicular Social Networks: Challenges and Solutions. IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials. doi:10.1109/COMST.2018.2882064