Extending a re-identification risk-based anonymisation framework and evaluating its impact on data mining classifiers
by Tania Basso; Hebert Silva; Regina Moraes
International Journal of Critical Computer-Based Systems (IJCCBS), Vol. 9, No. 4, 2019

Abstract: Preserving sensitive information in data mining processes is one of the major issues in the context of big data. Handling huge volumes of data demands techniques to assure that private data is not accessible to non-authorised users. One of these techniques is data anonymisation, which aims to avoid individual identification. However, even when anonymised, data may be subject to re-identification through privacy attacks. This paper presents a two-stage policy-based anonymisation framework, which applies anonymisation techniques in ETL process and before exporting data analytic results. We extended part of this framework - the k-anonymity-based component - to help minimising the risk of data re-identification. Experiments evaluated the impact of applying this two-stage anonymisation on data mining regarding accuracy, performance, re-identification risk and information loss. Results showed that, when applied carefully, the anonymisation barely affect classifier results, improving accuracy in some cases.

Online publication date: Thu, 16-Apr-2020

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