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Workshop: Theory and Practice of Differential Privacy

On the Renyi Differential Privacy of the Shuffle Model

Antonious Girgis · Deepesh Data · Suhas Diggavi · Ananda Theertha Suresh · Peter Kairouz


We study the Renyi Differential Privacy (RDP) for general discrete local mechanisms in the {\em shuffle} privacy model, where clients randomize their responses using a local differentially private (LDP) mechanism and the untrusted server only receives a random permutation (shuffle) of the client responses without association to each client. The principal result in this paper is the \emph{first} non-trivial RDP guarantee for general discrete local randomization mechanisms in the shuffled privacy model, and we develop new analysis techniques for deriving our results which could be of independent interest. In applications, such an RDP guarantee is most useful when we use it for composing several private interactions. We numerically demonstrate that, for important regimes, with composition our bound yields a significant improvement in privacy guarantee over the state-of-the-art approximate Differential Privacy (DP) guarantee (with standard composition) for shuffled models.

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