An Obfuscation Framework For Controlling Value Of Information During Sharing [Conference Paper]

NESL Technical Report #: 2012-3-2


Abstract: Sensory information is characterized by its inherent quality and context-specific value. It is thus natural that the information provider would want to exercise control over the information shared based on her perception of the risk of possible misuse due to sharing and also depending on the consumer requirements. To attain this utility vs. risk trade-off, information is subjected to varying but deliberate quality modifying transformations which we term as obfuscation. In this paper, treating privacy as the primary motivation for information control, we highlight initial considerations of using feature sharing as an obfuscation mechanism to control the inferences possible from shared sensory data. We provide results from an activity tracking scenario to illustrate the use of feature selection in identifying the various trade-off points.

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Publication Forum: Statistical Signal Processing 2012

Date: 2012-03-01

Public Document?: Yes

NESL Document?: Yes

Document category: Conference Paper