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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...

Machine Learning’s Dirty Secret

Underneath all the hype and the headlines and the money pouring into artificial intelligence and machine learning, there’s a dirty secret. That secret? Almost no one knows how to utilize the technology at scale. More precisely, only a very small handful of organizations truly understand how to manage the risks of machine learning (ML) when...

AI, Healthcare and Our Friends at the University of Chicago

It’s been a big month for Immuta and our friends at the University of Chicago’s School of Medicine. In early May, our CPO Andrew Burt published a piece with Dr. Samuel Volchenboum, an associate professor of pediatrics and director of the Center for Research Informatics at the University of Chicago, in the Harvard Business Review...

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...

What’s A Legal Engineer?

Just over a year ago, I wrote a blogpost titled “A Lawyer and A Data Scientist Walk Into A Bar” about what it’s like to work at the intersection of data science and the law. This was in response to many questions I received from friends and colleagues at the FBI and elsewhere about my...

Immuta’s ODSC West Talk

I had the opportunity to speak at ODSC West on the collision of data science and data privacy. This talk focuses on how easily data privacy can be broken in the age of big data. I then delve into strategies you should implement to manage data and the models trained from them to meet regulatory...

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