Pinning Down "Privacy" in Statistical Databases, and Elsewhere

  • Starts: 3:45 pm on Tuesday, November 28, 2017
  • Ends: 5:00 pm on Tuesday, November 28, 2017
BU Computer Science Professor Adam Smith will discuss the problem of guaranteeing the confidentiality of individuals' information when aggregate statistics about a data set are made available. This is the problem faced by statistical agencies such as the Census Bureau when they publish statistical summaries, and also by companies that collect sensitive data about user behavior. Prof. Smith will talk about a few of the ways computer scientists and statisticians have approached this problem, the pitfalls they discovered, and how these approaches agree (and don't) with some relevant legal frameworks. He will lastly try to extract some lessons for formalizing privacy guarantees in other settings. Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to tgabs@bu.edu.

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