Google’s New Open Source Privacy Effort Looks Back to the '60s

Posted in: Surveillance & Privacy at 10/11/2014 13:09

Google is building a new open-source tool designed to preserve privacy when analyzing large amounts of data. The company's researchers unveiled their work at a computer security conference this week.

The project, called RAPPOR, builds on a 1960's-vintage technique called differential privacy. The technique scrambles data sets so they remain statistically sound while preventing any given data point from being traced back to the individual who provided it.

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