Demographically Identifiable Information

Demographically Identifiable Information, or DII, is defined as either individual and/or aggregated data points that allow inferences to be drawn that enable the classification, identification, and/or tracking of both named and/or unnamed individuals, groups of individuals, and/or multiple groups of individuals according to ethnicity, economic class, religion, gender, age, health condition, location, occupation, and/or other demographically defining factors. DII can […]

De-anonymizing D4D Datasets

Paper by Kumar Sharad and George Danezis at 2013 Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium Recent research on de-anonymizing datasets of anonymized personal records has not deterred organizations from releasing personal data, often with ingenuous attempts at defeating de-anonymization. Studying such techniques provides scientific evidence as to why anonymization of high dimensional databases is hard and throws light on what kinds of techniques […]

Information Security Practices of Aadhaar (or lack thereof)

Since its inception in 2009, the Aadhaar project has been shrouded in controversy due to various questions raised about privacy, technological issues, welfare exclusion, and security concerns. In this study, we document numerous instances of publicly available Aadhaar Numbers along with other personally identifiable information (PII) of individuals on government websites. This report highlights four […]