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An approximate microaggregation approach for microdata protection

Sun, Xiaoxun and Wang, Hua and Li, Jiuyong and Zhang, Yanchun (2012) An approximate microaggregation approach for microdata protection. Expert Systems with Applications, 39 (2). pp. 2211-2219. ISSN 0957-4174 (print), 1873-6793 (online)

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Abstract

Microdata protection is a hot topic in the field of Statistical Disclosure Control, which has gained special interest after the disclosure of 658,000 queries by the America Online (AOL) search engine in August 2006. Many algorithms, methods and properties have been proposed to deal with microdata disclosure. One of the emerging concepts in microdata protection is k-anonymity, introduced by Samarati and Sweeney. k-Anonymity provides a simple and efficient approach to protect private individual information and is gaining increasing popularity. k-Anonymity requires that every record in the microdata table released be indistinguishably related to no fewer than k respondents. In this paper, we apply the concept of entropy to propose a distance metric to evaluate the amount of mutual information among records in microdata, and propose a method of constructing dependency tree to find the key attributes, which we then use to process approximate microaggregation. Further, we adopt this new microaggregation technique to study k-anonymity problem, and an efficient algorithm is developed. Experimental results show that the proposed microaggregation technique is efficient and effective in the terms of running time and information loss.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID25939, privacy protection, data anonymization, anonymisation, anonymity, k-anonymity, data security
Subjects: FOR Classification > 0804 Data Format
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Science and Engineering
Depositing User: Yimin Zeng
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2013 04:46
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2014 01:57
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/22136
DOI: 10.1016/j.eswa.2011.04.223
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