Privacy

Privacy Against Aggregate Knowledge Attacks

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Executive Summary

In this paper, the authors focus on protecting the privacy of individuals in publication scenarios where the attacker is expected to have only abstract or aggregate knowledge about each record. Whereas, data privacy research usually focuses on defining stricter privacy guarantees that assume increasingly more sophisticated attack scenarios, it is also important to have anonymization methods and guarantees that will address any attack scenario. Enforcing a stricter guarantee than required increases unnecessarily the information loss. Consider for example the publication of tax records, where attackers might only know the total income, and not its constituent parts.

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