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Re: [cross-project-issues-dev] Anonymisation of public data

The Eclipse Foundation would prefer to *not* be responsible for securely retaining such keys. If an interesting pattern was ever uncovered, I think that we could analyze the original data to discover the relevant authors using the original available data. And I cannot really imagine providing researchers direct access to interesting contributors discovered by analyzing anonymized data, as I am certain that would violate our privacy policies.

In short, IMO the privacy risk of maintaining those keys outweighs any potential advantages of retaining them. My 2c :)

On 2018-04-26 3:02 AM, Mickael Istria wrote:
Hi Boris,
The basic idea is to simply replace all identifiers with asymmetrically encrypted strings, so all IDs have the same ciphered result. RSA is used for the encryption, and the private key is thrown away once the encoding is done, making it impossible (according to common encryption standards) to retrieve the original string.

Is this a requirement, at this point, to make it impossible to retrieve the original stream for anyone?
I understand that the providing anonymous dataset is interesting as you explained, but what couldn't you or Eclipse Foundation keep the private RSA key safely to decode the id if you find some unexpected patterns? If you make id anonymous and find a set of id which have a strange correlation and that you'd like to explain, wouldn't it be helpful to decode the id and find out who are the individuals behind it to better understand the cause of the correlation or even set up chats with selected contributors to better understand their practices?
I have the impression there could be value in keeping ability to decode strings, while I don't think fully discarding the key is much safer than keeping it in a safe place (like an EF server with strong restriction on who can access the key).

My 2c (or maybe even less ;)
Mickael Istria
Eclipse IDE developer, for Red Hat Developers

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