Differential privacy lets people to share data anonymously, but people need to know more about it to make informed decisions.
Data privacy research shows that people’s hesitancy to share their data stems in part from not knowing who would have access to it and how organizations that collect data keep it private. When people are aware of data privacy technologies, they might not get what they expect.
To help people make informed choices about their data, they need information that accurately sets their expectations about privacy. It’s not enough to tell people that a system meets a “gold standard” of some types of privacy without telling them what that means. Users shouldn’t need a degree in mathematics to make an informed choice.