Congratulations to Arvind Narayanan and Vitaly Shmatikov! Their paper, “Robust De-Anonymization of Large Sparse Datasets,” has been awarded the 2008 Award for Outstanding Research in Privacy Enhancing Technologies. My employer has a press release which explains how they re-identified data which had been stripped of identifiers in the Netflix dataset. In their acceptance remarks, they mentioned the relevance to the Google-Viacom discussions over how much data would be given to Viacom.
Photo: Nikita Borisov. Shown, from left to right, are Michelle Chibba, of the Ontario Privacy Commissioners Office, presenting the award, Arvind and Vitaly, and Matthew Wright, chair of the award committee, is in the background.