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Why a Professor in Information Technology Law & Data Governance Joined Immuta

I joined the Immuta team last Monday and, since then, have been asked several times: “Why join Immuta?” and “After a successful career in academia, why go and work for a data management company?” There are many reasons, but it boils down to this one: We now live in a profoundly data-driven economy and society....

Post-Event Reflections: Gartner Data & Analytics Summit (Frankfurt, Germany)

My favorite question to ask to fellow attendees last month at the Gartner Data & Analytics Summit in Frankfurt, Germany: “So, what are you hoping to get out of this week? I enjoyed meeting with a wide variety of professionals across the data and analytics spectrum at the event, all of whom had different reasons...

Tim Cook’s Welcomed Critique of the Data-Industrial Complex

Today, Apple’s Tim Cook critiqued the data-industrial complex, and called for GDPR-like regulations to be tempered with serious thought about how to design those regulations in a way that prevents data monopolies. Immuta agrees. As the privacy frenzy grows, regulators will be driven to ‘do something’ and could be tempted to create and implement generic...

Homomorphic Encryption Alone Is Security, Not Privacy

I’ve seen written many times that “Privacy can be improved with techniques like differential privacy and homomorphic encryption”.  Sure, but for totally different reasons.   Homomorphic encryption is an added layer of security that allows computation against encrypted data without decrypting it.  Without homomorphic encryption, databases must first decrypt the data before they can answer...

How Will The GDPR Impact Machine Learning?

The GDPR contains a host of forward-leaning data provisions, but none are thornier than the so-called “right to explainability” and the constraints the GDPR imposes on machine learning. With fines of up to four percent of global revenue, organizations using EU data will literally not be able to afford to ignore these issues. Questions created by the GDPR include: What types...

Data Privacy vs Machine Learning at ODSC East

Machine learning is seemingly incompatible with data privacy. I gave a talk on this topic at ODSC East this Spring and my argument is that if you take the appropriate steps to data privacy and governance, it can actually be an enabler for your machine learning initiatives. We’ll dive into some history of data privacy...

What’s New In Immuta 2.1

The Immuta team is excited to announce our latest 2.1 release. Below are the highlights of the new features included in the release. Support for Spark Immuta can now enforce all the same policies historically available through Immuta while allowing massive scale processing in Spark. Why is this important? There’s no limit to how much...

What Do Data Scientists and Data Engineers Need to Know about GDPR?

Data management is about to get a lot more difficult for global organizations, thanks to new privacy regulations in the EU. These new regulations will have far reaching effects on any programs using data at scale. Specifically, the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force on 25 May 2018. And with fines...

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