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: Privacy


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January 21, 2019 by Nicolas Sartor

Privacy and data-driven business models: Are they really compatible?

Media outlets such as Motherboard and the NY Times are currently reporting cases in which private individuals in the USA have been able to buy mobility data from so-called data brokers, making it possible to determine the location of any telephone number or person. The advance of data-driven business models is unstoppable – do we simply have to get used … read more

Business Woman explaining something on a dashboard

January 14, 2019 by Nicolas Sartor

Data Anonymization Software – Differences Between Static and Interactive Anonymization

Which company would not like to get significantly improved insights into the market with detailed data and thus optimize its products and services? In most cases, the corresponding data is already available, but its use is often restricted for data protection reasons. Anonymization is used when you want to use a data set with sensitive information for analysis without compromising … read more

Hotel Foyer

December 18, 2018 by Nicolas Sartor

The Future of Privacy – A netzpolitik.org Podcast

2018 was a very exciting year that demonstrated clearly how our society is changing in the context of digitisation and the ever increasing relevance of data. In March, the Cambridge Analytica & Facebook scandal was published by various media, in May the world’s most modern data protection law, the General Data Protection Regulation came into effect, posing major challenges and … read more

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December 11, 2018 by Felix Bauer

How Modern Technologies Open Customer Data to Drive New Business Models

This article got first released on CPO Magazine (or Chief Privacy Officer Magazine). It provides news, insights and resources for data protection, privacy and cyber security leaders. “Data is the new oil” – not only is this an overused expression with over 1 billion hits on Google but it is also a rather inaccurate comparison. If you find a source of oil … read more


October 17, 2018 by Paul Francis

Fix for the MIT/Georgetown Univ Attack on Diffix

One of the two successful attacks from the first round of the Aircloak bounty program was from researchers Aloni Cohen and Kobbi Nissim from MIT and Georgetown University respectively. Our fix for the attack was deployed in Aircloak’s release 18.3 on July 27th. Aloni and Kobbi had asked Aircloak and myself not to reveal the details of the attack so … read more


September 4, 2018 by Paul Francis

Can Anonymized Data Still be Useful? Part Deux

LINC, the innovation lab of the French data protection authority CNIL, has been exploring the uses of anonymized data in projects like CabAnon. This project explores uses of the NYC taxi database for applications like planning new transportation services. The results, published the article “Can anonymized data still be useful”, demonstrate that in some cases anonymized data can be useful. … read more


July 23, 2018 by Nicolas Sartor

Data Compliance in the GDPR – How anonymization allows you to stay compliant in your data analysis

Data protection is becoming increasingly relevant in the public debate. Numerous examples have recently shown that companies are confronted with serious consequences in the event of data breaches. Ensuring proper data protection is therefore more important than ever. In order to strengthen the rights of the user and to protect privacy, we must generally change how we handle data. The … read more