Wearable devices enable users to collect health data and share them with healthcare providers for improved health service. Since health data contain privacy-sensitive information, unprotected data release system may result in privacy leakage problem. Most of the existing work use differential privacy for private data release. However, they have limitations in healthcare scenarios because they do not consider the unique features of health data being collected from wearables, such as continuous real-time collection and pattern preservation. In this paper, we propose Re-DPoctor, a real-time health data releasing scheme with w-day differential privacy where the privacy of health data collected from any consecutive w days is preserved. We improve utility by using a specially-designed partition algorithm to protect the health data patterns. Meanwhile, we improve privacy preservation by applying newly proposed adaptive sampling technique and budget allocation method. We prove that Re-DPoctor satisfies w-day differential privacy. Experiments on real health data demonstrate that our method achieves better utility with strong privacy guarantee than existing state-of-the-art methods.



    authors = {Jiajun Zhang and Xiaohui Liang and Shibo He and Zhikun Zhang and Zhiguo Shi},
    title = {{Re-DPoctor: Real-time Health Data Releasing with w-day Differential Privacy}},
    booktitle = {{IEEE GLOBECOM}},
    publisher = {},
    year = {2017},