DP-LSSGD: A Stochastic Optimization Method to Lift the Utility in Privacy-Preserving ERM

Tech ID: 31895 / UC Case 2019-884-0


UCLA researchers in the Department of Mathematicshave developed a method to maintain data privacy.


Companies use machine learning (ML) algorithms to analyze their user base for information to improve targeted advertisements and customer tracking. However, with many parameters in the accumulated data sets, the algorithms can memorize the training data, making it possible to recover sensitive user information and break privacy. Current methods to overcome this privacy issue, such as adding ‘noise’ (artificial data), improve security but decrease data accuracy. Therefore, there is a need for improved ML algorithms that maintain user privacy without decreasing data analysis accuracy.


UCLA researched have developed a ML algorithm that produces models with improved data protection without decreasing user data accuracy. The algorithm reduces training and validation loss and improves the generalization of the trained private models. The algorithm has been successfully tested to create models that were 10% more accurate and equal/better data privacy than models created by existing methods. Additionally, the method was easier to implement and required negligible additional computational power and memory cost compared to existing methods.


  • Cybersecurity 
  • Internet Privacy


  • 10% faster than current methods used 
  • Can be implemented on current hardware 
  • Negligible extra computational complexity and memory cost

State Of Development

The method has been tested and developed.


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  • Osher, Stanley J.

Other Information


Digital Privacy, Advertisement, Data Safety, Algorithms, Data sets, Internet Security

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