Privacy Preserving Technologies with Patricia Thaine

For a complete audio recording and transcript, go to this link: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1769590/episodes/8683166

In this podcast, Paul Starrett, the founder of PrivacyLabs, interviews Patricia Thaine, the co-founder and CEO of Private AI. The podcast covers various topics related to privacy preservation and its application in different types of data and technologies.

They discuss different privacy-preserving technologies such as homomorphic encryption, secure multi-party computation, anonymization, and synthetic data generation. Patricia explains that these technologies are not exclusive and can be used together to achieve the best results in different use cases.

They also explore the challenges in privacy preservation, especially in dealing with unstructured data like freeform text in natural language processing. Patricia talks about the need to redact direct identifiers and quasi-identifiers and highlights the importance of pseudonymization in text data.

Regarding the future of privacy laws, Patricia predicts that there will be more laws based on GDPR standards, tailored to specific jurisdictions. Compliance will become more stringent, and companies will have to invest in privacy research and education to ensure they meet the requirements.

In terms of cost-effectiveness, Patricia acknowledges that there are barriers in both cost and education for companies to integrate privacy technologies. However, the growth of open-source software and privacy-focused companies will likely make it easier and more cost-effective in the future.

Lastly, Patricia mentions the work of Twilio and their data protection officer, Sheila Jambekar, as an excellent example of how an organization can handle privacy internally effectively.

The interview ends with a brief discussion about PrivacyLabs, its role in unifying various privacy preservation technologies, and how they conduct audits of artificial intelligence and workflow automation.

The interview provides valuable insights into the current state of privacy preservation, its challenges, and the potential future developments in this field. Patricia’s expertise in the area shines through, and the conversation is informative for anyone interested in privacy and data protection.

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