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Why ‘Anonymized Data’ Isn’t So Anonymous

Cleaning data of ‘personally identifying information’ is harder than you might think

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InIn 2015, Latanya Sweeney, a researcher who studies data anonymization and privacy, published research specifically targeting the deanonymization of HIPAA-protected data in Washington. In that state, (and many others), it is possible for companies and…




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Tyler Elliot Bettilyon

Tyler Elliot Bettilyon

A curious human on a quest to watch the world learn. I teach computer programming and write about software’s overlap with society and politics.

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