Three Privacy Enhancing Techniques That Can Bolster the COVID-19 Response


Alex Woodie

he COVID-19 pandemic has shown us two things: The critical importance of healthcare data in fighting the spread of the disease, and our documented inability to harness it in a timely manner. And while it’s true that stringent regulations such as HIPAA pose an impediment to timely analytics, new privacy-enhancing techniques like homomorphic encryption, federated learning, and differential privacy can help us use data for the greater good without sacrificing individual data rights.

Homomorphic encryption is a relatively new computer science technique that allows mathematical and statistical functions to be performed on encrypted data. Even though the user cannot see ...

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