When Relaxations Go Bad: "Differentially-Private" Machine Learning

We have posted a paper by Bargav Jayaraman and myself on When Relaxations Go Bad: “Differentially-Private” Machine Learning (code available at https://github.com/bargavj/EvaluatingDPML). Differential privacy is becoming a standard notion for performing privacy-preserving machine learning over sensitive data. It provides formal guarantees, in terms of the privacy budget, ε, on how much information about individual training records is leaked by the model. While the privacy budget is directly correlated to the privacy leakage, the calibration of the privacy budget is not well understood.

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Violations of Children’s Privacy Laws

The New York Times has an article, How Game Apps That Captivate Kids Have Been Collecting Their Data about a lawsuit the state of New Mexico is bringing against app markets (including Google) that allow apps presented as being for children in the Play store to violate COPPA rules and mislead users into tracking children. The lawsuit stems from a study led by Serge Egleman’s group at UC Berkeley that analyzed COPPA violations in children’s apps.

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USENIX Security 2018

Three SRG posters were presented at USENIX Security Symposium 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland: Nathaniel Grevatt (GDPR-Compliant Data Processing: Improving Pseudonymization with Multi-Party Computation) Matthew Wallace and Parvesh Samayamanthula (Deceiving Privacy Policy Classifiers with Adversarial Examples) Guy Verrier (How is GDPR Affecting Privacy Policies?, joint with Haonan Chen and Yuan Tian) There were also a surprising number of appearances by an unidentified unicorn:

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