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Differential Privacy and the GDPR


Julian Hölzel

Under the European General Data Protection Regulation, anonymisation of personal data may not only provide a legal loophole for controllers to escape their regulatory burden. Considering specific circumstances, it can even be a legal duty for controllers to anonymise their personal data. Differential privacy has been proposed as a new approach to the problem of anonymisation. This article aims to assess the appropriateness of this approach with regards to the legal problem of anonymisation.
Keywords: Anonymisation, Differential Privacy, Privacy Model, Model Comparison, Anonymisation Techniques

Julian Hölzel, Research Assistant, Chair of Computer Engineering at Humboldt University of Berlin (Prof Dr Björn Scheuermann). For correspondence: <> or <>. The author would like to thank Samuel Brack, Jörg Pohle, Sana Ahmad and Roisin Cronin for their helpful discussions and remarks. Acknowledgement: We would like to express our gratitude to the BMBF (German Federal Ministry of Education and Research), who funded this research in the context of the Goodcoin project (16KIS0376).


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