The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has called for organizations to start using privacy enhancing technologies (PETs) like synthetic data and homomorphic encryption to protect customer data. [...]
The ICO’s report comes amid growing interest in the potential for PETs (companies previously highlighted by The Stack in this space include Enveil and Hazy) and after the Royal Society published its own report.
Its in-depth “From Privacy to Partnership” paper on PETs, published in January 2023, emphasized that among the many benefits of PETs adoption is their ability to help facilitate collaborative analysis and establish data partnerships: “For example, organizations with a mandate to use data for public good are using PETs to make in-house data usable for external analysts; cross-sector partnerships between crime agencies and human rights NGOs involves the pooling of datasets for analysis without revealing their contents to one another , enabling efficient, collective intelligence between analysts who do not see the original data.”
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