Apple Tries to Peek at User Habits Without Violating Privacy

"One reason that differential privacy hasn’t been adopted more widely is that it is difficult to get right. “It’s not quite something you can deploy in a plug-and-play fashion,” said Arvind Narayanan, an assistant professor of computer science at Princeton University. “It requires a certain level of expertise. It needs a lot of careful thinking about your data.”

He also urged Apple to talk more openly about how it is using the technology. “It is a good move that they’re doing this,” he said. “However, the public would have a lot more confidence in this if it were open and were able to be audited by outside privacy experts.”"