IBM Patents Design for Data Privacy Engine
IBM's newly patented data privacy engine safeguards cloud data shared across borders. This new invention improves upon manual privacy techniques.IBM recently announced that it has patented the design for a data privacy engine that can help businesses protect personal data as it is transferred between countries, including across private clouds. IBM's new patented Data Privacy Engine invention, U.S. Patent #8,695,101, enables enterprises to aggregate international and organizational requirements for data transfers and apply them to individual projects. This way, organizations can quickly see what restrictions have been put in place for different types of protected information when transferring it between two countries, including data stored in a private cloud. The engine also flags cross-border privacy issues and provides recommendations on how to resolve each based on the information the business has input into the engine. In the event underlying privacy requirements change, the engine can be updated to reflect these rules. Users can then notify teams that previously approved transfers may need to be revisited in order to prevent potential violations. This new privacy engine improves on manual privacy techniques, which are often executed on an ad hoc basis, requiring additional dedicated support. This model is not only expensive and time consuming, but it is also burdensome as businesses struggle to stay current with the growing number of regulations that may vary from country to country, IBM said. Global businesses are increasingly moving personal information such as employee and customer details across borders and around the world. As this continues, the ability to manage data flows between cloud data centers while remaining in accordance with organizational policies and local laws becomes even more imperative. Increasingly, governments are establishing rules that regulate how data may be transmitted from one country to another.