Redactor: A Data-Centric and Individualized Defense against Inference Attacks


  • Geon Heo KAIST
  • Steven Euijong Whang KAIST





Information leakage is becoming a critical problem as various information becomes publicly available by mistake, and machine learning models train on that data to provide services. As a result, one's private information could easily be memorized by such trained models. Unfortunately, deleting information is out of the question as the data is already exposed to the Web or third-party platforms. Moreover, we cannot necessarily control the labeling process and the model trainings by other parties either. In this setting, we study the problem of targeted disinformation generation where the goal is to dilute the data and thus make a model safer and more robust against inference attacks on a specific target (e.g., a person's profile) by only inserting new data. Our method finds the closest points to the target in the input space that will be labeled as a different class. Since we cannot control the labeling process, we instead conservatively estimate the labels probabilistically by combining decision boundaries of multiple classifiers using data programming techniques. Our experiments show that a probabilistic decision boundary can be a good proxy for labelers, and that our approach is effective in defending against inference attacks and can scale to large data.




How to Cite

Heo, G., & Whang, S. E. (2023). Redactor: A Data-Centric and Individualized Defense against Inference Attacks. Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 37(12), 14874-14882.



AAAI Special Track on Safe and Robust AI