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Privacy What Developers and IT Professionals Should Know by J. C. Cannon

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The Goal of PATs and PETs: The Constant Pursuit of Anonymity

One of the main goals of privacy professionals should be the constant pursuit of anonymity for the people and data for which they are custodians. True privacy-enhancing technologies should aid custodians in this pursuit of anonymity. PETs should protect your identity, your actions, your data, and your destinations. Anonymity is not always possible, especially in scenarios where online purchases are involved. However, your mantra when creating PETs should be “seek anonymity.”

There are many steps between full identity and anonymity, and PETs should help move you in the right direction. The following is a collection of characteristics that PATs and PETs help to partially realize. They ...

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