Privacy in statistical databases is about finding
tradeoffs to the tension between the increasing societal and economical
demand for accurate information and the legal and ethical obligation
to protect the privacy of individuals and enterprises which are
the respondents providing the statistical data. The motivation
for respondent privacy is one of survival for statistical databases:
statistical agencies or survey institutes cannot expect
to collect accurate information from individual or corporate respondents
unless these feel the privacy of their responses is guaranteed.
Beyond respondent privacy, there are two additional privacy dimensions
to be considered: privacy for the data owners (organizations owning
or gathering the database, who wouldn't like to share the data
they have collected at great expense) and privacy for the users
(those who submit queries to the database and would like
their analyses to stay private).
"Privacy in Statistical Databases 2008" (PSD 2008) is
a conference sponsored and organized by the UNESCO
Chair in Data Privacy and the CONSOLIDER
ARES project, with proceedings
published by Springer-Verlag in Lecture Notes in Computer Science.
It purpose is to gather world-wide, high-level research in statistical
PSD 2008 is a successor to PSD
2006 (Rome, Dec. 13-15, 2006)
and PSD 2004 (Barcelona,
June 9-11, 2004), both with proceedings published by Springer in
LNCS 4302 and LNCS
3050, respectively. Those three PSD conferences follow a tradition
of high-quality technical conferences on SDC which started with "Statistical Data Protection-SDP'98", held in Lisbon in
1998 and with proceedings published by OPOCE, and continued with
AMRADS project SDC Workshop, held in Luxemburg in 2001 and with
proceedings published in Springer LNCS vol. 2316.
Like the aforementioned preceding conferences, PSD 2008 originates
in Europe, but wishes to stay a worldwide event in database privacy
and SDC. Thus, contributions and attendees from overseas are welcome.