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

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Translucent Databases

The American Heritage Dictionary 1983 defines translucent as, “Transmitting light but diffusing it sufficiently to cause images to become blurred.” For example, walking through a thick fog provides a limited view of surrounding objects. A translucent database[6] provides controlled access to its data. Sensitive data is protected while innocuous information is made available to those who want to access it.

[6] The term translucent databases comes from Peter Wayner's book with the same name. Peter Wayner, Translucent Databases, Flyzone Press, 2002.

In Peter Wayner's book Translucent Databases, he states, “The most secure database is one that immediately forgets everything stored into it … Translucent Databases are a compromise ...

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