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: GDPR



May 29, 2019 by Sebastian Probst Eide

Automatic Data Synthetization

We are excited to share that we are working on a product for generating synthetic data suitable for machine learning. It builds on our existing anonymization capabilities, and does not require human intervention for data modeling or synthesis. We are on track to start testing the solution with select customers in Q4 2019. Not all synthetic data is created equal. … read more


May 10, 2019 by Nicolas Sartor

Explaining Differential Privacy in 3 Levels of Difficulty

When dealing with data anonymization, one inevitably encounters differential privacy. Many privacy researchers regard it as the “gold standard” of anonymization. Well-known tech companies such as Apple or Google are using it for certain data analyses and market it to raise public awareness underlining their focus on data protection. But what exactly stands behind this approach, and why does it … read more


April 8, 2019 by Nicolas Sartor

Privacy Enhancing Technologies and Anonymization: 11 Experts Share Their Insights

We asked 11 different experts that are journalists, researchers, data protection officers, consultants and data scientists about their thoughts on how Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs) and data anonymization can help in a data-driven future. See what they had to say below. Wolfie Christl Privacy Researcher “Companies very often use the word anonymization when really nothing is anonymized at all. […] … read more

CPDP Logo 2019

February 13, 2019 by Nicolas Sartor

Certification for GDPR-compliant Anonymity: Real Anonymization or just another Risk Assessment?

There are plenty of different perspectives on data anonymity: Legal, economical, technological and of course ethical ones. At the CPDP 2019 conference, Aircloak hosted a panel that brought all these different views together at one table. The panel has investigated one of the most pressing questions currently facing us in the field of data anonymization: What are the problems and … read more

Pillars

February 11, 2019 by Paul Francis

The 4 Pillars of GDPR Compliance Assurance in Data Anonymization

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) states that anonymous data is not personal data, and therefore does not fall under the purview of GDPR. The GDPR, in Recital 26, defines anonymous as: “…information which does not relate to an identified or identifiable natural person or to personal data rendered anonymous in such a manner that the data subject … read more

People crossing a street in Tokio

February 4, 2019 by Nicolas Sartor

Top 5 Free Data Anonymization Tools

There is a wide range of data anonymization tools available. The selection should be carefully made according to the purpose for which you want to anonymize your data. The most important questions you have to ask yourself is: What programming environment are you using? Does it have to work in a specific one like R? What anonymization methods do you … read more

Aerial View of a City

January 31, 2019 by Nicolas Sartor

Hackathon Urban Data: A Perfect Data Anonymization Use Case

No traffic jams, perfectly coordinated bus and tram timetables, no environmental pollution, less stress and a significantly improved quality of life. This is how we imagine the city of the future! In Smart Cities, specific challenges, especially in the areas of transport planning, energy efficiency and waste management, are solved with the help of data analysis. Mobility data of residents … read more