Bayesian-based anonymization framework against background knowledge attack in continuous data publishing

Fatemeh Amiri, Nasser Yazdani, Azadeh Shakery, Shen Shyang Ho

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    In many real world situations, data are updated and released over time. In each release, the attributes are fixed but the number of records may vary, and the attribute values may be modified. Privacy can be compromised due to the disclosure of information when one combines different release versions of the data. Preventing information disclosure becomes more difficult when the adversary possesses two kinds of background knowledge: correlations among sensitive attribute values over time and compromised records. In this paper, we propose a Bayesian-based anonymization framework to protect against these kinds of background knowledge in a continuous data publishing setting. The proposed framework mimics the adversary’s reasoning method in continuous release and estimates her posterior belief using a Bayesian approach. Moreover, we analyze threat deriving from the compromised records in the current release and the following ones. Experimental results on two datasets show that our proposed framework outperforms JS-reduce, the state of the art approach for continuous data publishing, in terms of the adversary’s information gain as well as data utility and privacy loss.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)197-225
    Number of pages29
    JournalTransactions on Data Privacy
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - Dec 2019

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Software
    • Statistics and Probability


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