Poster Abstract: Protecting User Data Privacy with Adversarial Perturbations

IPSN. 2021 May;2021:386-387. doi: 10.1145/3412382.3458776.


The increased availability of on-body sensors gives researchers access to rich time-series data, many of which are related to human health conditions. Sharing such data can allow cross-institutional collaborations that create advanced data-driven models to make inferences on human well-being. However, such data are usually considered privacy-sensitive, and publicly sharing this data may incur significant privacy concerns. In this work, we seek to protect clinical time-series data against membership inference attacks, while maximally retaining the data utility. We achieve this by adding an imperceptible noise to the raw data. Known as adversarial perturbations, the noise is specially trained to force a deep learning model to make inference mistakes (in our case, mispredicting user identities). Our preliminary results show that our solution can better protect the data from membership inference attacks than the baselines, while succeeding in all the designed data quality checks.