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Balancing data utility versus information loss in data-privacy protection using k-Anonymity

Esmeel, Thamer Khalil and Hasan, Md Munirul and Kabir, Muhammad Nomani and Ahmad, Firdaus Balancing data utility versus information loss in data-privacy protection using k-Anonymity. In: IEEE 8th Conference on Systems, Process and Control (ICSPC), 11–12 December 2020 , Melaka, Malaysia. pp. 158-161.. ISBN 978-1-7281-8861-4/20

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Data privacy has been an important area of research in recent years. Dataset often consists of sensitive data fields, exposure of which may jeopardize interests of individuals associated with the data. In order to resolve this issue, privacy techniques can be used to hinder the identification of a person through anonymization of the sensitive data in the dataset to protect sensitive information, while the anonymized dataset can be used by the third parties for analysis purposes without obstruction. In this research, we investigated a privacy technique, k-anonymity for different values of k on different number c of columns of the dataset. Next, the information loss due to k-anonymity is computed. The anonymized files go through the classification process by some machine-learning algorithms i.e., Naive Bayes, J48 and neural network in order to check a balance between data anonymity and data utility. Based on the classification accuracy, the optimal values of k and c are obtained, and thus, the optimal k and c can be used for kanonymity algorithm to anonymize optimal number of columns of the dataset.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Data utility; information loss; privacy protection; K-Anonymity
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Faculty/Division: Institute of Postgraduate Studies
Faculty of Computing
Depositing User: Ms. Ratna Wilis Haryati Mustapa
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2021 08:37
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2021 08:37
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