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Privacy and Anonymity in Information Management Systems

New Techniques for New Practical Problems

  • Jordi Nin
  • Javier Herranz


  • A snapshot of the research that privacy researchers are currently carrying out

  • A book that can be considered as an actual baseline of privacy and anonymity research

  • The different profiles of the two editors bring the areas of theoretical cryptography and privacy in real life closer

  • A combination of theory and practice; that wills erve as a bridge between rsearchers in cryptography and researchers in other, more aplied, topics such as statistical/medical databases


Part of the Advanced Information and Knowledge Processing book series (AI&KP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Overview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Alberto Trombetta, Wei Jiang, Elisa Bertino
      Pages 7-27
  3. Theory of SDC

  4. Preserving Privacy in Distributed Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-133
    2. Vishal Kapoor, Pascal Poncelet, Francois Trousset, Maguelonne Teisseire
      Pages 135-156
    3. David Galindo, Eric R. Verheul
      Pages 157-179
    4. Barbara Carminati, Elena Ferrari
      Pages 181-195
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 197-198

About this book


The development of information technologies in the last few years has been remarkable. Large amounts of data are collected and stored by both public institutions and private companies every day. There are clear threats to the privacy of citizens if no care is taken when collecting, storing and disseminating data. Ensuring privacy for individuals in a society when dealing with digital information, is a task which involves many agents, including politicians, legal authorities, managers, developers, and system administrators. Privacy and Anonymity in Information Management Systems deals with the more technical parts of this `privacy cycle', those issues that are mostly related to computer science, and discusses the process by which different privacy mechanisms are motivated, designed, analyzed, tested and finally implemented in companies or institutions. The book is written in such a way that several of the chapters are self-contained and accessible to students, covering topics such as the problem of Statistical Disclosure Control (SDC), i.e. how to modify datasets that contain statistical information before publicly releasing them, and doing so in such a way that the privacy of the confidential original information is preserved; and specific distributed applications involving privacy – how different agents have private inputs but want to cooperate to run some protocol in their own interest, without revealing unnecessary parts of their private inputs. Graduate students and researchers will find this book an excellent resource.


Anonymous data access control computational security networks privacy social networks statistical databases

Editors and affiliations

  • Jordi Nin
    • 1
  • Javier Herranz
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. Arquitectura de ComputadorsUniversitat Politècnica de CatalunyaBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Dept. Matematica Aplicada IVUniversitat Politècnica de CatalunyaBarcelonaSpain

About the editors

Jordi Nin (Barcelona, Catalonia, 1979; BSc 2004, MSc 2007, PhD 2008 all in Computer Science) is a post-doctoral researcher at the Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (IIIA-CSIC) near Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. His fields of interest are privacy technologies, machine learning and soft computing tools. He has been involved in several research projects funded by the Catalan and Spanish governments and the European Community. His research has been published in specialized journals and major conferences (around 30 papers). Javier Herranz obtained his PhD in Applied Mathematics in 2005, in the Technial University of Catalonia (UPC, Barcelona, Spain). After that he spent 9 months in the Ecole Polytechnique (France) and 9 months in the Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica (CWI, The Netherlands), as a post-doctoral researcher, granted with an ERCIM fellowship. From January 2007, he works as a post-doctoral researcher at IIIA-CSIC (Bellaterra, Spain). His research interests include the design and analysis of cryptographic protols and the study of privacy preserving operations involving databases.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Privacy and Anonymity in Information Management Systems
  • Book Subtitle New Techniques for New Practical Problems
  • Editors Jordi Nin
    Javier Herranz
  • Series Title Advanced Information and Knowledge Processing
  • Series Abbreviated Title Adv.Informat.Knowledge Processing(formerly:KIM-Knowled.Inform.Manag)
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London Limited 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Computer Science Computer Science (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-84996-237-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4471-2579-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-84996-238-4
  • Series ISSN 1610-3947
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 198
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Systems and Data Security
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From the reviews:

“This collection of nine inviting chapters discusses current materials concerned with privacy-preserving data management, statistical disclosure control (how to generate statistics without identifying individuals), and application privacy in actions such as data mining and social networks. Advanced students, data managers, privacy experts, and computer scientists will generally find something useful in these materials. … this collection does provide a useful introduction to this important topic.” (Brad Reid, ACM Computing Reviews, May, 2011)