Industry Insights

In our blog we provide you with industry insights on privacy, anonymization, analytics and of course information about our solution Aircloak Insights.

Category: About Aircloak



June 21, 2018 by Nicolas Sartor

Discussing evaluation methods of anonymisation with CNIL

In May 2018 Paul Francis, Director of the Max Planck Insitute for Software Systems and Co-Founder of Aircloak was invited to the LINC (Laboratoire d’Innovation Numérique de la CNIL) in Paris. As a subunit of the French data protection authority CNIL, the lab’s mission is to reflect, inform and share on emerging trends in digital and data usage. They also [...] … read more


April 27, 2018 by Paul Francis

Report on the Diffix vulnerability announced by Imperial College London and CU Louvain

On April 18 researchers from the Imperial College London and CU Louvain published a vulnerability of Diffix. Diffix is the anonymization algorithm jointly designed by the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems (MPI-SWS, www.mpi-sws.org) and Aircloak GmbH (www.aircloak.com), which markets an anonymization product based on Diffix. The vulnerability was posted on the academic paper archival system arXiv here. A couple [...] … read more


October 3, 2017 by Felix Bauer

Announcing our Seed investment

Today we are announcing our $1.3M equity investment from Speedinvest and Constantia New Business with existing shareholders Max Planck Innovation and Elephant & Castle Capital joining the round. Berlin, San Francisco, October 3, 2017 Various technology developments have led to the birth of Big Data; organizations collecting, analyzing and sharing increasing amounts of information — much of it unstructured and [...] … read more


September 28, 2017 by Paul Francis

(Differential) Privacy at the End of the Rainbow

If you are a privacy professional interested in anonymity, then you’ve probably followed the Wired article “How One of Apple’s Key Privacy Safeguards Falls Short”. It’s the story of how some researchers reverse-engineered Apple’s proprietary implementation of differential privacy and found that the setting of the privacy loss parameter is not in the safe region. … read more


August 17, 2017 by Paul Francis

Read Aircloak co-founder’s perspective on IAPP’s Privacy Tech Blog

In the last year or so Apple, Google and Uber all announced that they too are using Differential Privacy. Given recent publicity around differential privacy, we may soon see differential privacy incorporated as part of commercial data masking or data anonymization solutions. But what does it really mean being Differentially Private — and what are the questions you should ask? … read more


June 2, 2017 by Felix Bauer

Introducing Diffix…

Data has been called “the new oil”. When providing our customers with solutions that help them secure/protect their assets, in this case the sensitive and often most valuable data they hold, there’s a lot of trust involved. Customers rely on their partner’s domain expertise, track record and testing of the product when making a purchase decision. In some cases, customers [...] … read more