AAAI Publications, 2010 AAAI Spring Symposium Series

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The Web as a Privacy Lab
Richard Chow, Ji Fang, Philippe Golle, Jessica Staddon

Last modified: 2010-03-23


The privacy dangers of data proliferation on the Web are well-known. Information on the Web has facilitated the deanonymization of anonymous bloggers, the de-sanitization of government records and the identification of individuals based on search engine queries. What has received less attention is Web-mining in support of privacy. In this position paper we argue that the very ability ofWeb data to breach privacy demonstrates its value as a laboratory for the detection of privacy breaches before they happen. In addition, we argue that privacy-invasive services may become privacy-respecting by mining publicly available Web data, with little decrease in performance and efficiency.


privacy, Web mining, sanitization

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