AAAI Publications, Twenty-First IAAI Conference

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Trading Robustness for Privacy in Decentralized Recommender Systems
Zunping Cheng, Neil Hurley

Last modified: 2009-04-09

Abstract


Collaborative filtering (CF) recommender systems are very popular and successful in commercial application fields. One end-user concern is the privacy of the personal data required by such systems in order to make personalized recommendations. Recently, peer-to-peer decentralized architectures have been proposed to address this privacy issue. On the other hand system managers must be concerned about system robustness. In particular, it has been shown that recommender systems are vulnerable to profile injection, although model-based CF algorithms show greater stability against malicious attacks that have been studied in the state-of-the-art. In this paper we generalize the generic model for decentralized recommendation and discuss the trade-off between robustness and privacy. In this context, we argue that exposing knowledge of the model parameters allows new, highly effective, model-based attack strategies to be considered. We conclude that the security concerns of privacy and robustness stand in opposition to each other and are difficult to satisfy simultaneously.

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