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HP and IAPP recognize winners in Boston.

Hewlett Packard and the International Association of Privacy Professionals announced the 2009 Privacy Innovation Award winners at the IAPP Privacy Dinner in Boston in September. Barclays Bank PLC, Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) and IBM Research and Stanford University received this year’s awards, which recognize privacy leadership.

This year’s Large Organization category winner, Barclays Bank PLC, was chosen from a field of entrants for its cross-company effort to emphasize privacy awareness, compliance, and cultural change.

The not-for-profit Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) won the 2009 award in the Small Organization category. Earlier this year, GMAC received authorization from the French data protection authority, the CNIL, to use biometric palm vein technology to authenticate test takers at French exams. GMAC received the award for its data protection efforts toward the biometric authentication program.

IBM Research and Stanford University received the 2009 Technology category award for work that led to a significant advancement in encryption. Together, the institutions solved the challenge of “homomorphic encryption,” or privacy homomorphism, whereby computers can process encrypted data without the use of a decryption key. IBM research scientist Craig Gentry accepted the award. He thanked IBM and Stanford University, adding that it has been nice to be able to conduct research that turns out to be a for good.

Read more about Craig Gentry’s homomorphic encryption breakthrough in the July 2009 issue of the Privacy Advisor.
Read more about the CNIL’s authorization of GMAC’s use of biometric palm vein technology during GMAT exams in France on page 10.

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