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Renyi Differential Privacy of the Subsampled Shuffle Model in Distributed Learning. (arXiv:2107.08763v1 [cs.LG])

We study privacy in a distributed learning framework, where clients
collaboratively build a learning model iteratively through interactions with a
server from whom we need privacy. Motivated by stochastic optimization and the
federated learning (FL) paradigm, we focus on the case where a small fraction
of data samples are randomly sub-sampled in each round to participate in the
learning process, which also enables privacy amplification. To obtain even
stronger local privacy guarantees, we study this in the shuffle privacy model,
where each client randomizes its response using a local differentially private
(LDP) mechanism and the server only receives a random permutation (shuffle) of
the clients’ responses without their association to each client. The principal
result of this paper is a privacy-optimization performance trade-off for
discrete randomization mechanisms in this sub-sampled shuffle privacy model.
This is enabled through a new theoretical technique to analyze the Renyi
Differential Privacy (RDP) of the sub-sampled shuffle model. We numerically
demonstrate that, for important regimes, with composition our bound yields
significant improvement in privacy guarantee over the state-of-the-art
approximate Differential Privacy (DP) guarantee (with strong composition) for
sub-sampled shuffled models. We also demonstrate numerically significant
improvement in privacy-learning performance operating point using real data