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Privacy policies robustness to reverse engineering



A. Gilad Kusne


Differential privacy policies allow one to preserve data privacy while sharing and analyzing data. However, these policies are susceptible to an array of attacks. In particular, often a portion of the data desired to be privacy protected is exposed online. Access to these pre-privacy protected data samples can then be used to reverse engineer the privacy policy. With knowledge of the generating privacy policy, an attacker can use machine learning to approximate the full set of originating data. Bayesian inference is one method for reverse engineering both model and model parameters. We present a methodology for evaluating and ranking privacy policy robustness to Bayesian inference-based reverse engineering, and demonstrated this method across data with a variety of temporal trends.
Proceedings Title
CIKM’22: Privacy Algorithms in Systems (PAS)
Conference Dates
October 21, 2022
Conference Location
Atlanta, GA, US


Kusne, A. (2022), Privacy policies robustness to reverse engineering, CIKM’22: Privacy Algorithms in Systems (PAS), Atlanta, GA, US, [online], (Accessed April 22, 2024)
Created October 21, 2022, Updated May 23, 2023