InstantDB: Enforcing Timely Degradation of Sensitive Data

N.L.G. Anciaux, Luc Bouganim, H.J.W. van Heerde, Philippe Pucheral, Peter M.G. Apers

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People cannot prevent personal information from being collected by various actors. Several security measures are implemented on servers to minimize the possibility of a privacy violation. Unfortunately, even the most well defended servers are subject to attacks and however much one trusts a hosting organism/company, such trust does not last forever. We propose a simple and practical degradation model where sensitive data undergoes a progressive and irreversible degradation from an accurate state at collection time, to intermediate but still informative fuzzy states, to complete disappearance. We introduce the data degradation model and identify related technical challenges and open issues.
Original languageUndefined
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 24th International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE2008)
Place of PublicationLos Alamitos
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)978-1-4244-1837-4
Publication statusPublished - 7 Apr 2008
Event24th International Conference on Data Engineering, ICDE 2008 - Presidente InterContinental Cancun Resort, Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 7 Apr 200912 Apr 2009
Conference number: 24

Publication series

PublisherIEEE Computer Society Press


Conference24th International Conference on Data Engineering, ICDE 2008
Abbreviated titleICDE


  • EWI-11408
  • IR-64463
  • METIS-250845

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