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Document Type Doctoral Thesis
Author Zielinski, Marek Piotr
Email marek.zielinski@sap.com
URN etd-06092010-182948
Document Title On the use of economic price theory to determine the optimum levels of privacy and information utility in microdata anonymisation
Degree PhD
Department Computer Science
Supervisor
Advisor Name Title
Prof M S Olivier Committee Chair
Keywords
  • statistical databases
  • information security
  • microdata
  • confidentiality
  • microaggregation
  • global recoding
  • economic price theory
  • optimum balance
  • information utility
  • privacy
Date 2010-09-05
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
Statistical data, such as in the form of microdata, is used by different organisations as a basis for creating knowledge to assist in their planning and decision-making activities. However, before microdata can be made available for analysis, it needs to be anonymised in order to protect the privacy of the individuals whose data is released. The protection of privacy requires us to hide or obscure the released data. On the other hand, making data useful for its users implies that we should provide data that is accurate, complete and precise. Ideally, we should maximise both the level of privacy and the level of information utility of a released microdata set. However, as we increase the level of privacy, the level of information utility decreases. Without guidelines to guide the selection of the optimum levels of privacy and information utility, it is difficult to determine the optimum balance between the two goals.

The objective and constraints of this optimisation problem can be captured naturally with concepts from Economic Price Theory. In this thesis, we present an approach based on Economic Price Theory for guiding the process of microdata anonymisation such that optimum levels of privacy and information utility are achieved.

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Please cite as follows:

Zielinski, MP 2010, On the use of economic price theory to determine the optimum levels of privacy and information utility in microdata anonymisation, PhD thesis, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-06092010-182948/ >

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