Private Collection Matching Protocols

Authors: Kasra EdalatNejad (EPFL), Mathilde Raynal (EPFL), Wouter Lueks (CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security), Carmela Troncoso (EPFL)

Volume: 2023
Issue: 3
Pages: 446–468


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Abstract: We introduce Private Collection Matching (PCM) problems, in which a client aims to determine whether a collection of sets owned by a server matches their interests. Existing privacy-preserving cryptographic primitives cannot solve PCM problems efficiently without harming privacy. We propose a modular framework that enables designers to build privacy-preserving PCM systems that output one bit: whether a collection of server sets matches the client's set. The communication cost of our protocols scales linearly with the size of the client's set and is independent of the number of server elements. We demonstrate the potential of our framework by designing and implementing novel solutions for two real-world PCM problems: determining whether a dataset has chemical compounds of interest, and determining whether a document collection has relevant documents. Our evaluation shows that we offer a privacy gain with respect to existing works at a reasonable communication and computation cost.

Keywords: private set intersection, private computation, homomorphic encryption, private aggregation

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