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



September 3, 2018 by Nicolas Sartor

Pecha Kucha or how to explain data anonymization in 4 minutes

Aircloak is winner of the Handelsblatt Diamond Star Digital Banking Award! With so many start-up awards in Germany, there is a mixed feeling – the applications are time-consuming and the outcome is often uncertain – but we did not hesitate when we had the opportunity to apply for the Handelsblatt Diamond Star Digital Banking Award. We firmly believe that data … read more


August 22, 2018 by Felix Bauer

Break my Life’s Work and I’ll Pay You Handsomely

Because expert validation of anonymisation approaches is really difficult, Aircloak started a bug-bounty program for its product – the Aircloak Attack Challenge. In the wake of this, a new method of measuring privacy was established and can be used for various functions in the future. Nobody has a clue about Anonymisation It’s summer 2017 in Helsinki; some of the brightest … read more


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