Anonymizing

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Anonymizing

The process of removing identifying information from a transmission over the Internet. For example, one may anonymize an e-mail by removing information regarding the sender. It should not be confused with anonymous trading.
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To comply with data protection regulations, companies have to anonymize documents and remove any personally identifying information.
anonymize public release datasets sufficiently to reduce risks.
With a single click, and no change in user behavior, an Invisible Connection encrypts and anonymizes Internet traffic -- allowing users to materialize online anywhere in the world with their identity, content and true location protected.
"Since Big Data Analytics relies on the collection and use of huge amounts of information about individuals, and given that it becomes more and more difficult to fully anonymize personal information the more detailed it is, there is certainly a strong connection between privacy compliance and Big Data Analytics," noted the authors of the survey.
<p>Google doesn't delete server log data, but it has agreed to anonymize it after a period of time so that the logs can't be associated with a specific cookie ID or IP address.
Its new policy is to anonymize search server logs after 18 months, rather than the previously established period of 18 to 24 months.
Consumers particularly concerned about privacy can and should make use of free and pay services to anonymize their online activities (See Consumer Comments, September-October 2000) and stay abreast of the policies of websites with which they choose to do business.
* Needs to anonymize information it collects from social plug-ins on other websites (e.g., the "Like" and "Share" buttons) within 10 days for logged-out users and deleted within 90 days.
Rastogi et al [2] give the following definition of privacy in data publishing: "given a database instance containing sensitive information, "anonymize" it to obtain a view such that on one hand attackers cannot learn any sensitive information from the view, and on the other hand legitimate users can use it to compute useful statistics".
As a result of its efforts, Microsoft has pledged to anonymize IP and cookie data and delete them completely after six months; Google anonymizes IP addresses on its server logs after nine months.