Industry Insights

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


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 anonymisation: What are the problems and … read more


February 11, 2019 by Paul Francis

The 4 Pillars of GDPR Compliance Assurance in Data Anonymisation

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


February 4, 2019 by Nicolas Sartor

Top 5 Free Data Anonymisation Tools

There is a wide range of data anonymisation tools available. The selection should be carefully made according to the purpose for which you want to anonymise 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 anonymisation methods do you … read more


January 31, 2019 by Nicolas Sartor

Hackathon Urban Data: A Perfect Data Anonymisation 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


January 28, 2019 by Nicolas Sartor

The General Data Anonymity Score – How to Make Anonymization Methods Comparable

In theory, many anonymization methods may work well. In practice, anonymized results are usually either usable or strongly anonymized, but not both. Data scientists have been struggling for years with the tradeoff between data quality and privacy. To make things worse, there are currently no common certifications or testing methods for anonymization solutions that define whether the anonymization carried out … read more


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


January 14, 2019 by Nicolas Sartor

Data Anonymisation Software – Differences Between Static and Interactive Anonymisation

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. Anonymisation is used when you want to use a data set with sensitive information for analysis without compromising … read more