Industry Insights

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


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


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


July 23, 2018 by Nicolas Sartor

Data Compliance in the GDPR – How anonymisation 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


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