Microsoft announced the release of an open-source differential privacy platform to help preserve privacy within datasets. The platform, launched in collaboration with Harvard University's OpenDP Initiative, employs statistical noise and privacy budget calculations to help protect personally identifiable information from appearing during any data analysis. Microsoft Chief Privacy Officer, Corporate Vice President, and Deputy General Counsel of Global Privacy and Regulatory Affairs Julie Brill said the platform "will be essential in maturing this important technology and enabling its widespread use." Meanwhile, Google announced privacy updates, including automatic deletion of data after 18 months.
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