Yiling Chen, Stephen Chong, Ian A. Kash, Tal Moran, and Salil Vadhan. 2013. “Truthful mechanisms for agents that value privacy.” In Proceedings of the fourteenth ACM conference on Electronic commerce, Pp. 215-232. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA: ACM. DOI
Abstract:Recent work has constructed economic mechanisms that are both truthful and differentially private. In these mechanisms, privacy is treated separately from the truthfulness; it is not incorporated in players' utility functions (and doing so has been shown to lead to non-truthfulness in some cases). In this work, we propose a new, general way of modelling privacy in players' utility functions. Specifically, we only assume that if an outcome o has the property that any report of player i would have led to o with approximately the same probability, then o has small privacy cost to player i. We give three mechanisms that are truthful with respect to our modelling of privacy: for an election between two candidates, for a discrete version of the facility location problem, and for a general social choice problem with discrete utilities (via a VCG-like mechanism). As the number n of players increases, the social welfare achieved by our mechanisms approaches optimal (as a fraction of n).
Acknowledgements: This paper was supported, in part, by Google Inc., Microsoft Research Silicon Valley, and Stanford University.