[tor-bugs] #23147 [Core Tor/Tor]: prop280: Merge privcount-in-tor data collector backend implementation

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#23147: prop280: Merge privcount-in-tor data collector backend implementation
 Reporter:  nickm         |          Owner:  (none)
     Type:  defect        |         Status:  new
 Priority:  Medium        |      Milestone:  Tor: 0.3.3.x-final
Component:  Core Tor/Tor  |        Version:
 Severity:  Normal        |     Resolution:
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 Reviewer:                |        Sponsor:  SponsorQ

Comment (by teor):

 Replying to [comment:2 teor]:
 > T2. `sample_unit_gaussian()` can't use both `r * sin(theta)` and `r *
 cos(theta)` unless they are independent samples. And I'm not sure if they

 In order to guarantee differential privacy, we need to:
 * sample at the scale of the noise (not unit scale)
 * add the noise to the signal
 * round the noisy signal

 This is the "snapping" mitigation from "On Significance of the Least
 Significant Bits For Differential Privacy" by Ilya Mironov

 I think we're ok here, because the results are the same as the ones we'd
 get by snapping.

 But if there's a transform that takes stddev and yields more precision, we
 should probably use it (rather than just multiplying `stddev * r *

 See also https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/23061#comment:33
 for the output values from this function (if it used

Ticket URL: <https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/23147#comment:7>
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