Foundations of Privacy: Contextual Integrity, The Logic of Privacy and Beyond
Speaker: Anupam Datta, Research Scientist, Carnegie Mellon University
Location: Warren Weaver Hall 1302
Date: February 27, 2009, 11:30 a.m.
Host: Helen Nissenbaum
Organizations, such as businesses, non-profits, government agencies, hospitals, banks, and universities, collect and use personal information from a range of sources, shared with specific expectations about how it will be managed and used. Accordingly, they must find ways to comply with expectations, which may be complex and varied, as well as with relevant privacy laws and regulations, while they minimize operational risk and carry out core functions of the organization efficiently and effectively.
While contextual integrity and its formalization focuses on personal information about individuals, privacy policies also refer to aggregate or anonymized information about groups of individuals. I will describe some of our ongoing work on integrating database privacy concepts into formal policy models and languages. Specifically, I will report on our experiences with formalizing and lifting differential privacy (a promising recent approach to database privacy) to reactive organizational processes.
Anupam Datta joined the research faculty at Carnegie Mellon University in 2007. Prior to that he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate (2005-07) at Stanford University. He obtained PhD (2005) and MS (2002) degrees from Stanford and a BTech (2000) from IIT Kharagpur, all in Computer Science. Dr. Datta's research interests are in privacy, analysis of cryptographic protocols, and software system security. He has served as General Chair of the 2008 IEEE Computer Security Foundations Symposium, Program Co-chair of the 2008 Formal and Computational Cryptography Workshop, and on the program committees of many computer security conferences including ACM CCS, IEEE S & P, and IEEE CSF.
Refreshments will be offered starting 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the talk.