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If you know the order of the plaintext just possessing the correspondent ciphertext, then you can perform sorting, interval querying, and all the sort of algorithms based on neighborhoods on the ciphertext domain. This is why those schemes are used in practice. To see another example of the use of OPE, take a look at the cryptoDB: Queries of type "SELECT *...


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I do work in this area. OPE and ORE are important primarily because of their tremendous utility in building systems which can perform some computation on encrypted data. Contrary to general-purpose solutions like fully-homomorphic encryption, OPE and ORE can be used to provide drop-in (with no code change) security in applications like databases. They can do ...



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