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IBM weaves cloak of anonymity for data sharers

Antony Savvas

IBM has introduced “first-of-its-kind software” that allows organisations to anonymously share and compare information without revealing private or sensitive personal details.

IBM said the solution was designed to help introduce “a new era of open, collaborative data sharing in financial services, healthcare, retail and other industries”. 

The DB2 Anonymous Resolution software helps customers to share information rapidly and more securely with other organisations, while protecting the identity of individuals within their respective data repositories. 

The software expands IBM’s analytics capabilities through the use of irreversible “digital signatures” and advanced techniques for correlating this data while remaining in the anonymous form. 

This enhances privacy as it prevents data from being observed in its original form, thereby helping reduce the risk of misuse or accidental exposure. 

DB2 Anonymous Resolution also facilitates more secure information sharing between organisations, and supports key strategic and regulatory needs, such as privacy compliance, information sharing in support of state security, regulatory compliance, due diligence in mergers and acquisitions, and clinical research. 

In the healthcare industry for instance, “anonymisation” can be used by public health organisations to share and correlate data that has been stripped of personal information for medical research. 

DB2 Anonymous Resolution builds and expands upon the capabilities of IBM’s DB2 Identity Resolution (“who is who”) and DB2 Relationship Resolution (“who knows who”).

More information is available at:

http://www-306.ibm.com/software/data/db2/eas/

 


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