View from Peter Lancos, CEO
"Welcome to eXate's Global Data Diaries where this week we will focus on Privacy Enhancing Techniques.
PETs are a disruptive set of methods and approaches which, when combined with policies and business frameworks, could allow data sharing that preserves the privacy, confidentiality, integrity and availability of data.
PETs are already being used to confront a variety of societal challenges at the moment, as they have a very wide-ranging scope. The data we generate every day holds a lot of value and potentially also contains sensitive information that individuals or organisations might not want shared.
According to Dr. Eric Lander, the President’s Science Advisor and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy: “Privacy enhancing technologies are a critical component of the suite of democracy-affirming capabilities that can support our shared democratic values in the face of authoritarian exploitation of emerging technologies” He also mentioned that “It is imperative that we come together as democracies to develop approaches to unlock the economic, scientific, and societal benefits of emerging technologies while protecting shared values such as privacy, accountability, and transparency.”
Privacy by design: combining data for better government services
The government works with a great deal of data from citizens and businesses. It has a legal duty to carefully secure these data in order to protect everyone’s privacy, but the government is also always trying to improve its services. How can the government provide better services for citizens without violating their privacy? Via privacy by design.
China sets up five year cross-border big data security plan
China has set up a five-year plan to develop a ‘big data’ industry and play a leading role in international standard-setting. According to an announcement by China’s ministry of industry and information technology (MIIT), the plan is based on China’s 14th five-year plan and comes as part of the country’s efforts to enhance its regulatory framework for data and technology.
Experts Discuss Proposed Changes to the UK’s Data Protection Regime
The opportunities and challenges posed by potential changes to the UK’s data protection regime were discussed by experts during the Westminster eforum conference, which looked at ways to improve the use of data across the UK economy.
The discussion was conducted in the context of the UK government’s recent public consultation on the UK’s data protection regime, which ended in November. This primarily focused on potential changes to UK GDPR following the UK’s departure from the EU in order to help better facilitate the flow of data.