Collaborative Filtering with Privacy

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Collaborative Filtering with Privacy
Server-based collaborative filtering systems have been very successful in e-commerce and in direct recommendation applications. In future, they have many potential applications in ubiquitous computing settings. But today's schemes have problems such as loss of privacy, favoring retail monopolies, and with hampering diffusion of innovations. We propose an alternative model in which users control all of their log data. We describe an algorithm whereby a community of users can compute a public "aggregate" of their data that does not expose individual users' data. The aggregate allows personalized recommendations to be computed by members of the community, or by outsiders. The numerical algorithm is fast, robust and accurate. Our method reduces the collaborative filtering task to an iterative calculation of the aggregate requiring only addition of vectors of user data. Then we use homomorphic encryption to allow sums of encrypted vectors to be computed and decrypted wi...
John F. Canny
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Type Journal
Year 2002
Where SP
Authors John F. Canny
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