Patent Number: 6,167,392

Title: Method and apparatus for private information retrieval from a single electronic storage device

Abstract: A method and apparatus for privately retrieving information from a single electronic storage device (e.g., a database) is described. An inquiring processor identifies a portion of a database memory with information for retrieval and encodes address of the information into a preselected mathematical function that conceals the identity of the selected information from the database. The inquiring processor transmits the encoded function to the database. The database cooperates by executing the encoded function on the database and transmits an encoded result that represents an evaluation of the encoded function to the inquiring processor. The inquiring processor, having knowledge of the selected mathematical function, decodes the encoded result to generate the information from the selected memory section of the database. The inquiry can be repeated until the inquiring processor can retrieve the selected information. The process minimizes the exchange of information between the database and the inquiring processor that is necessary to privately retrieve information.

Inventors: Ostrovsky; Rafail (Secaucus, NJ), Kushilevitz; Eyal (Haifa, IL)

Assignee: Telcordia Technologies, Inc.

International Classification: G06F 17/30 (20060101); G06F 017/30 ()

Expiration Date: 12/26/2017