Today we witnessed an exciting moment for privacy, CS theory, and many friends and contributors of this blog. The definition of differential privacy, first articulated in a TCC paper just 10 short years ago, became a top-level feature of iOS, announced today at the Apple keynote address. Check this out for yourself:
You may be intrigued as I am by the bold claim by Prof. Aaron Roth, who said that
Incorporating differential privacy broadly into Apple’s technology is visionary, and positions Apple as the clear privacy leader among technology companies today.
Learning more about the underlying technology would benefit the research community and assure the public of validity of these statements. (We, at Research at Google, are trying to adhere to the highest standards of transparency by releasing Chrome’s front-end and back-end for differentially private telemetry.)
I am confident this moment will come. For now, our heartfelt congratulations to everyone, inside and outside Apple, whose work made today’s announcement possible!