Protecting statistical databases against retrieval of private information

Niv Ahituv*, Yeheskel Lapid, Seev Neumann

*Corresponding author for this work

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The paper discusses problems arising from the 'abuse' of statistical databases by retrieving private information on individuals. The paper first demonstrates how such retrieval is made possible. It then provides a general algorithm that describes the retrieval procedures. Several protective measures are reviewed and critized. Enhancements to those measures, particularly by employing encryption methods, are suggested.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-63
Number of pages5
JournalComputers and Security
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1988


  • Database protection
  • Privacy
  • Statistical database


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