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Identifiability of de-identified data
Policy and Law: Privacy-preserving surveillance
Given person-specific data from daily life and American jurisprudence,
develop methods for data to be shared for surveillance purposes with guarantees of privacy
Dr. Sweeney's contributions have been solutions for specific uses
(some list on upper left panel); see sample examples (a) through (d). As the volume of information collected on
demand for sharing that data increases for national security, public
health, marketing, and research purposes. It is easy to share data without attention to privacy or
to use a face test (look anonymous), but it requires more work to provide scientific assurances.
American jurisprudence distinguishes between identifiable data and non-identifiable data under
the belief that anonymity insulates people from personal harm.
|(a) Smart cameras report actions not raw images
|(b) Network of data holders answer "How many?"
|(c) Sliding scale architecture
|(d) Linking anonymous records across network
- Testimony before a Federal Advisory Committee for DOD. Highly praised in report.
- Scientific American, Featured In-Depth Profile (rarely done). Among 28 news articles
profiling my work (over 300 news citations). Venues include CBS News, ABC News,
Newsweek, USA Today, and NPR.
- Funding from DARPA, NIH, and HUD. Patent filings.
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