IT Business writes this week about the growing acceptance among software developers and others in IT of Privacy by Design (PbD) as an industry standard. The article uses by way of example the increasingly powerful G2 software from IBM, which analyzes data and is adding a “data anonymizer” module in its latest iteration. Similarly, even smaller firms like Toronto’s Route1, Inc., are beginning to view security and privacy as equally valuable and building their products accordingly. All of this is leading up to an expected PbD guidebook for software engineers, to be released in the next eight to 10 months by the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards and penned by PbD’s chief advocate, Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian. Meanwhile, Cavoukian’s involvement in the “scrapped gas plants” controversy is leading to partisan bickering in Canada.
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