A Synthetic Data Deep Dive: Privacy Protector, Foe or Other?

February 5, 2022
Hosted by Rebecca Herold

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Episode Description

Synthetic data has increasingly been in the news in recent years. It is being used for many purposes, such as training artificial intelligence (AI) models, and for more thoroughly testing software. It is also being described as a new type of privacy enhancing technology (PET). In what other ways is synthetic data being used? Do data protection regulations and other laws and legal requirements apply to synthetic data? E.g. do the associated individuals need to provide consent for organizations to use synthetic data where pieces of their personal data was incorporated? How do the Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) in Europe view synthetic data? As personal data that must be protected under GDPR? Or not? In the U.S. how about HIPAA? Is synthetic data created using health data, that is defined to be protected health information (PHI), covered by HIPAA? How can synthetic data be a PET when it is created from actual personal data? And what about synthetic identity theft? This is a growing problem. How is synthetic data involved with that? Couldn’t this data be used for such crimes? Is identifiability a risk with synthetic data? Why or why not? What are other types of privacy risks with synthetic data? How is synthetic data use evolving? Listen to this discussion to hear answers to these, and many more questions about synthetic data use, risks, and benefits. The use of synthetic data is increasingly exponentially, so the time to learn more is now! See more about Dr. El Emam at replica-analytics.com. #SyntheticData #PersonalData #RiskManagement #Privacy #ReplicaAnalytics #KhaledElEmam #GDPR #HIPAA

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There are more information security and privacy threats than ever before. As more technologies emerge, more surveillance tactics are used, and more artificial intelligence systems are deployed, cybersecurity and privacy risks grow exponentially. Rebecca has spent her entire career working to improve information security and privacy protections, by not only raising awareness of the issues within businesses and other types of organizations, but also by raising the awareness of these risks in the public and helping them to understand how to better protect their own personal data, allowing them to take their privacy protections into their own hands. Rebecca offers information about these existing and emerging security and privacy risks and provides fresh insights into the impacts of exploiting these risks, and gives guidance, tips, expert advice and news, with fascinating guests, to help all organizations, and the general public, understand what they need to do to mitigate these risks.

Rebecca Herold

Rebecca has 25-plus years of systems engineering, information security, privacy and compliance experience, is CEO of The Privacy Professor(R) consultancy she founded in 2004, and Co-Founder/CEO of Privacy Security Brainiacs online services, where Rebecca engineered the systems and created all the content, including automated risk assessments and training courses. Rebecca has authored 20 books, contributed to dozens of other books, and published hundreds of articles. Rebecca led the NIST Smart Grid Privacy Subgroup for 7 years, a member of the NIST Privacy Framework development team, and is a NIST Cybersecurity for IoT Program team member. Rebecca has provided expert witness services for HIPAA compliance, IoT security, privacy and location tracking, retirement community members’ personal data misuse, and other cases. Rebecca was co-founder and officer of the IEEE P1912 Privacy and Security Architecture for Consumer Wireless Devices Working Group, and is on numerous advisory boards. Rebecca was Adjunct Professor for the Norwich University MSISA program for 9 years. Rebecca has received numerous awards, including named as a Top 100 Women Fighting Cybercrime and a Cybersecurity Woman of the Year. Rebecca has provided keynotes on 5 continents and is frequently interviewed on TV and in international publications. Rebecca holds the following certifications: FIP, CDPSE, CISSP, CISA, CISM, CIPT, CIPM, CIPP/US, FLMI. Ponemon Privacy Fellow. Rebecca is based in Des Moines, Iowa, USA.

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