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Distinguished Lecture Series: “PAC Privacy: Automatic Privacy Measurement and Control of Data Processing”, Srini Devadas -- MIT
Title: PAC Privacy: Automatic Privacy Measurement and Control of Data Processing
Speaker: Srini Devadas -- MIT
Location: “Stelios Orphanoudakis” Meeting Room (Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas)
Date: 12:00-13:00, May 16th, 2024

Host: Evangelos Markatos

Abstract: We propose and study a new privacy definition, termed Probably Approximately Correct (PAC) Privacy. PAC Privacy characterizes the information-theoretic hardness to recover sensitive data given arbitrary information disclosure/leakage during/after any processing. Unlike the classic cryptographic definition and Differential Privacy (DP), which consider the adversarial (input-independent) worst case, PAC Privacy is a simulatable metric that quantifies the instance-based impossibility of inference. A fully automatic analysis and proof generation framework is proposed: security parameters can be produced with arbitrarily high confidence via Monte-Carlo simulation for any black-box data processing oracle. We discuss applications of PAC Privacy to statistical data processing tasks.

Bio: Srini Devadas is the Webster Professor of EECS at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has been on the faculty since 1988. Devadas's current research interests are in computer architecture, computer security, and applied cryptography.  In 2021, he received the IEEE Cybersecurity Award for Practice, and the ACM SIGSAC Award for Outstanding Innovation for his work on secure hardware. Devadas is a MacVicar Faculty Fellow and an Everett Moore Baker teaching award recipient, considered MIT's two highest undergraduate teaching honors.