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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

I.B.M. Software Aims to Provide Security Without Sacrificing Privacy NY Times - May 24, 2005
International Business Machines is introducing software today that is intended to let companies share and compare information with other companies or government agencies without identifying the people connected to it. Security specialists familiar with the technology say that, if truly effective, it could help tackle many security and privacy problems in handling personal information in fields like health care, financial services and national security. "There is real promise here," said Fred H. Cate, director of the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research at Indiana University. "But we'll have to see how well it works in all kinds of settings."

The technology for anonymous data-matching has been under development by S.R.D. (Systems Research and Development), a start-up company that I.B.M. acquired this year.

The Chapell View
Hurrah for Big Blue! While I recognize that this technology is still in development, I like what I see so far. Any time you can enhance an organization's (in this case Government) use of data while simultaneously decreasing the risk to privacy rights, you've got a win/win.

posted by Isaac on Tuesday, May 31, 2005

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