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Privacy Preserving Data Publishing for Multiple Sensitive Attributes Based on Security Level

by Yuelei Xiao 1,2,* and Haiqi Li 1
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School of Modern Posts, Xi’an University of Post and Telecommunications, Xi’an 710061, China
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Shaanxi Provincial Information Engineering Research Institute, Xi’an 710075, China
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Information 2020, 11(3), 166; https://doi.org/10.3390/info11030166
Received: 24 January 2020 / Revised: 4 March 2020 / Accepted: 20 March 2020 / Published: 22 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Information Theory and Methodology)
Privacy preserving data publishing has received considerable attention for publishing useful information while preserving data privacy. The existing privacy preserving data publishing methods for multiple sensitive attributes do not consider the situation that different values of a sensitive attribute may have different sensitivity requirements. To solve this problem, we defined three security levels for different sensitive attribute values that have different sensitivity requirements, and given an L s l -diversity model for multiple sensitive attributes. Following this, we proposed three specific greed algorithms based on the maximal-bucket first (MBF), maximal single-dimension-capacity first (MSDCF) and maximal multi-dimension-capacity first (MMDCF) algorithms and the maximal security-level first (MSLF) greed policy, named as MBF based on MSLF (MBF-MSLF), MSDCF based on MSLF (MSDCF-MSLF) and MMDCF based on MSLF (MMDCF-MSLF), to implement the L s l -diversity model for multiple sensitive attributes. The experimental results show that the three algorithms can greatly reduce the information loss of the published microdata, but their runtime is only a small increase, and their information loss tends to be stable with the increasing of data volume. And they can solve the problem that the information loss of MBF, MSDCF and MMDCF increases greatly with the increasing of sensitive attribute number. View Full-Text
Keywords: privacy preserving data publishing; multiple sensitive attributes; sensitivity requirements; security level; maximal security-level first (MSLF) privacy preserving data publishing; multiple sensitive attributes; sensitivity requirements; security level; maximal security-level first (MSLF)
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