Journal of Privacy and Confidentiality


Founders: Cynthia Dwork, Microsoft Research, USA
  Stephen E. Fienberg, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  Alan F. Karr, National Institute of Statistical Sciences, USA
Editor-in-Chief: Stephen E. Fienberg, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Managing Editor: Kira Bokalders, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Welcome to the Journal of Privacy and Confidentiality.

Issue 6/2/2014 is now available!

This issue contains four path-breaking articles on different aspects of privacy protection and confidentiality. The lead article, by Acquisti, Gross, and Stutzman, exposes the risks of posting photographs on websites such as Facebook. Based on a detailed study of Facebook information in a university community and a series of innovative experiments, the authors demonstrate the loss of privacy that may result from linking posted photographs to outside sources of pictures on the web. Crimi and Eddy describe some of the analytical implications of confidentiality protection approaches such as top coding used by the U.S. Census Bureau in association with its release of public use microdata samples (PUMS) for the American Community Survey (ACS). Niedermeyer, Steinmetzer, Kroll, and Schnell formalize a successful attack on Bloom filters, an approach proposed for use in privacy preserving record linkage applications, because they allow for errors in encrypted identifiers. Finally, Duncan and Elliot provide an in-depth description of their Key Variable Mapping System (KVMS), a metadata repository and software system and related tools for carrying out disclosure risk assessments.

We welcome responses to this issue’s articles, as well as submissions that further explore the topics discussed in this issue. More information can be found in the Submission Guidelines link on the homepage, or by contacting kbokalde@stat.cmu.edu.

As always, we are accepting submissions for future issues. See Submission Guidelines for more details regarding formatting and content.

Current Issue: Volume 6, Issue 2 (2014)



Face Recognition and Privacy in the Age of Augmented Reality
Alessandro Acquisti, Ralph Gross, and Fred Stutzman


Cryptanalysis of Basic Bloom Filters Used for Privacy Preserving Record Linkage
Frank Niedermeyer, Simone Steinmetzer, Martin Kroll, and Rainer Schnell