Privacy-Preserving Variational Information Feature Extraction for Domestic Activity Monitoring versus Speaker Identification

Alexandru Nelus, Janek Ebbers, Reinhold Haeb-Umbach, Rainer Martin


In this paper we highlight the privacy risks entailed in deep neural network feature extraction for domestic activity monitoring. We employ the baseline system proposed in the Task 5 of the DCASE 2018 challenge and simulate a feature interception attack by an eavesdropper who wants to perform speaker identification. We then propose to reduce the aforementioned privacy risks by introducing a variational information feature extraction scheme that allows for good activity monitoring performance while at the same time minimizing the information of the feature representation, thus restricting speaker identification attempts. We analyze the resulting model’s composite loss function and the budget scaling factor used to control the balance between the performance of the trusted and attacker tasks. It is empirically demonstrated that the proposed method reduces speaker identification privacy risks without significantly deprecating the performance of domestic activity monitoring tasks.


 DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2019-1703

Cite as: Nelus, A., Ebbers, J., Haeb-Umbach, R., Martin, R. (2019) Privacy-Preserving Variational Information Feature Extraction for Domestic Activity Monitoring versus Speaker Identification. Proc. Interspeech 2019, 3710-3714, DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2019-1703.


@inproceedings{Nelus2019,
  author={Alexandru Nelus and Janek Ebbers and Reinhold Haeb-Umbach and Rainer Martin},
  title={{Privacy-Preserving Variational Information Feature Extraction for Domestic Activity Monitoring versus Speaker Identification}},
  year=2019,
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2019},
  pages={3710--3714},
  doi={10.21437/Interspeech.2019-1703},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/Interspeech.2019-1703}
}