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Isabel Wagner, "Evaluating the Strength of Genomic Privacy Metrics," arXiv, arXiv:1607.05840 [cs], July 2016.


The genome is a unique identifier for human individuals. The genome also contains highly sensitive information, creating a high potential for misuse of genomic data (for example, genetic discrimination). In this paper, I investigated how genomic privacy can be measured in scenarios where an adversary aims to infer a person's genomic markers by constructing probability distributions on the values of genetic variations. I measured the strength of privacy metrics by requiring that metrics are monotonic with increasing adversary strength and uncovered serious problems with several existing metrics currently used to measure genomic privacy. I provide suggestions on metric selection, interpretation, and visualization, and illustrate the work flow using a case study on Alzheimer's disease.

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    title = {Evaluating the {{Strength}} of {{Genomic Privacy Metrics}}},
    author = {Wagner, Isabel},
    year = {2016},
    month = {July},
    institution = {{arXiv}},
    archiveprefix = {arXiv},
    eprint = {1607.05840},
    eprinttype = {arxiv},
    number = {arXiv:1607.05840 [cs]},

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