SpaceDaily: How hard is it to 'de-anonymize' cellphone data?Submitted by cobaltz on Wed, 04/10/2013 - 00:07
I figure everyone should hear about this:
How hard is it to 'de-anonymize' cellphone data?
by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office
Boston MA (SPX) Mar 28, 2013
The proliferation of sensor-studded cellphones could lead to a wealth of data with socially useful applications - in urban planning, epidemiology, operations research and emergency preparedness, among other things. Of course, before being released to researchers, the data would have to be stripped of identifying information. But how hard could it be to protect the identity of one unnamed cellphone user in a data set of hundreds of thousands or even millions?