Microsoft v US Department of Justice: an important result for privacy

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Microsoft has won its appeal against the Department of justice in the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in New York on July 14th, 2016. The following post explains what the case is about, discusses the implications and offers a view about achieving utility from data without sacrificing privacy.

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Oxford Union: Government access to consumer data?

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John Taysom, Privitar co-founder and investor, took part recently in the Oxford Union Technological Privacy Debate.

The Motion: This House Believes Technology Companies Should Prevent Government Access to Consumers’ Data.

John Taysom argued the case for the Proposition, as the third speaker of six in the debate.

The government should not get access to my data as a matter of course. Or any consumer data. The government has a right to know who you are. Because they protect you and they tax you. And that’s the social contract that we make with our elected representatives. But the government has no right to know what you like, or what you buy or which way you might vote. Except in the abstract properly anonymised and for the purpose of driving evidence-based public policy formation.

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Only store data you need

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I was very lucky to spend part of my university studies in Hamburg, and I have a fondness for charming German compound nouns. A new favourite is Datensparsamkeit, which might be translated as ‘data frugality’. In practical terms it means thinking carefully about the data you are capturing, and not gratuitously storing personal data that you don’t need, just because it might be useful one day. English speakers have settled on ‘data minimisation’, which works but doesn’t quite capture the idea that Datensparsamkeit is an attitude as well as a practice.

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The GDPR and Brexit: A view from Privitar

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In the great pall of uncertainty which seems to have enveloped all predictions in the last fortnight, there’s one prediction that I feel it is safe to make: the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be law in the UK. Well … for a bit at least.

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Privitar partners with Bank of England FinTech Accelerator Initiative

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In the recent Mansion House speech (published on June 17th, 2016), the Governor of the Bank of England (BoE) announced a FinTech Accelerator initiative that will see the Bank of England ‘working with new technology firms to help harness FinTech innovations for central banking’.

Privitar and its privacy engineering software technology have been selected for inclusion in the initiative.  As part of a Proof of Concept, the BoE will first test Privitar technology on a manufactured dataset to examine the analytical value of the desensitised data.

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Leading organisations like Apple embrace privacy engineering

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This week at their World Wide Developers Conference, Apple described how they are guaranteeing differential privacy when collecting individual user data from iOS devices.  This announcement exemplifies the growing acknowledgment that when working with sensitive…

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Data privacy and personalisation: Why marketers can have their cake and eat it

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If users are to have any confidence that their private information will remain private, companies need to think very seriously about how they protect and anonymise user’s data. As customers become more aware of the vast amounts of their own data stored by companies they interact with (more…)

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