The Laplace Mechanism has optimal utility for differential privacy over continuous queries

  title={The Laplace Mechanism has optimal utility for differential privacy over continuous queries},
  author={Natasha Fernandes and Annabelle McIver and Carroll Morgan},
  journal={2021 36th Annual ACM/IEEE Symposium on Logic in Computer Science (LICS)},
Differential Privacy protects individuals’ data when statistical queries are published from aggregated databases: applying "obfuscating" mechanisms to the query results makes the released information less specific but, unavoidably, also decreases its utility. Yet it has been shown that for discrete data (e.g. counting queries), a mandated degree of privacy and a reasonable interpretation of loss of utility, the Geometric obfuscating mechanism is optimal: it loses as little utility as possible… 

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