Book Chapter

Fisher information privacy with application to smart meter privacy using HVAC units

F Farokhi, H Sandberg

Privacy in Dynamical Systems | Springer | Published : 2020


In this chapter, we use Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) units to preserve the privacy of households with smart meters in addition to regulating indoor temperature. We model the effect of the HVAC unit as an additive noise in the household consumption. The Cramér-Rao bound is used to relate the inverse of the trace of the Fisher information matrix to the quality of an adversary’s estimation error of the household private consumption from the aggregate consumption of the household with the HVAC unit. This establishes the Fisher information as the measure of privacy leakage. We compute the optimal privacy-preserving policy for controlling the HVAC unit through minimizing a wei..

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