16th AIAI 2020, 5 -7 June 2020, Greece

A two-levels data anonymization approach

Sarah Zouinina, Younès Bennani, Nicoleta Rogovschi, Abdelhouahid Lyhyaoui


  The amount of devices gathering and using personal data without the person's approval is exponentially growing. The European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came following the requests of individuals who felt at risk of personal privacy breaches. Consequently, privacy preservation through machine learning algorithms were designed based on cryptography, statistics, databases modeling and data mining. In this paper, we present two-levels data anonymization methods. The first level consists of anonymizing data using an unsupervised learning protocol, and the second level is anonymization by incorporating the discriminative information to test the effect of labels on the quality of the anonymized data. The results show that the proposed approaches give good results in terms of utility what preserves the trade-off between data privacy and its usefulness.  

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