ECAS 2018

Statistical Disclosure Control for Official Statistics
February 20-22, 2018 - Ensai - France

This three day course will introduce basic and advanced concepts of statistical disclosure control, privacy and confidentiality. The topics  covered include the motivation of statistical disclosure control in terms of disclosure risk scenarios and types of disclosure risk; measuring disclosure risk for traditional outputs: microdata and tabular data; common methods of statistical disclosure control applications; the impact of statistical disclosure control methods on utility. In addition, we introduce differential privacy which is a definition arising in computer science which provides formal and quantifiable guarantees of disclosure risk. This definition is becoming more important to statistical agencies who are moving towards more advanced and online modes of data dissemination. The course also covers legal and ethical issues, examples of best practice and applications in statistical offices or health authorities, as well as workshops on differential privacy, anonymisation and controlled access and generating synthetic data.

This is an exciting and unique course bringing together experts around the world to deliver the latest developments in privacy and confidentiality which will be pitched at the post-graduate level and for those working at statistical agencies.

By the end of this course, participants will understand the motivation of statistical disclosure control and the issues in applying statistical disclosure control methods in order to protect the confidentiality of respondents. Participants should be able to evaluate and critique the different statistical disclosure control methods depending on the type of statistical output with respect to the amount of protection afforded and the impact on the utility of the protected data. Participants should understand the definition of differential privacy and how it can be used for guaranteeing the confidentiality of statistical data.  Participants should be able to apply advanced methods of statistical disclosure control based on new platforms of data dissemination.

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