Differential Privacy: Lessons For Enterprises From US Government Agencies

Amol Deshpande
Chief Scientist
Claire Bowen
Principal Research Associate and Statistical Methods Group Lead
Urban Institute
Ashwin Machanavajjhala
Founder & Chief Scientist
Tumult Labs, Inc.
Gerome Miklau
Founder and CEO
Tumult Labs, Inc.

Enterprises trying to keep up with technological advances and a rapidly changing regulatory landscape can learn from their public sector counterparts who have been finding innovative ways to publish data while respecting the privacy of individuals.

This talk will review recent uses of differential privacy in the public sector, based on actual case-studies at the US Census Bureau and the Internal Revenue Service. We will emphasize the tools and processes that enable “negotiations” between the parties most concerned with privacy and those most concerned with accuracy, or “fitness for use”, of the released data. We will explain the benefits that drove the adoption of differential privacy and how they can be translated to commercial enterprises.