Secure and Private Distributed Source Coding With Private Keys and Decoder Side Information

Onur Gunlu, Rafael F. Schaefer, Holger Boche, H. Vincent Poor

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The distributed source coding problem is extended by positing that noisy measurements of a remote source are the correlated random variables that should be reconstructed at another terminal. We consider a secure and private distributed lossy source coding problem with two encoders and one decoder such that (i) all terminals noncausally observe a noisy measurement of the remote source; (ii) a private key is available to each legitimate encoder and all private keys are available to the decoder; (iii) rate-limited noiseless communication links are available between each encoder and the decoder; (iv) the amount of information leakage to an eavesdropper about the correlated random variables is defined as (v) secrecy leakage, and privacy leakage is measured with respect to the remote source; and (vi) two passive attack scenarios are considered, where a strong eavesdropper can access both communication links and a weak eavesdropper can choose only one of the links to access. Inner and outer bounds on the rate regions defined under secrecy, privacy, communication, and distortion constraints are derived for both passive attack scenarios. When one or both sources should be reconstructed reliably, the rate region bounds are simplified.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3803-3816
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security
StatePublished - 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • Secure and private distributed source coding
  • passive attack
  • rate-limited public communication
  • remote source
  • weak eavesdropper


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