The Architecture of Privacy
On Engineering Technologies that Can Deliver Trustworthy Safeguards
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: August 2015
Pages: 200

Technology’s influence on privacy not only concerns consumers, political leaders, and advocacy groups, but also the software architects who design new products. In this practical guide, experts in data analytics, software engineering, security, and privacy policy describe how software teams can make privacy-protective features a core part of product functionality, rather than add them late in the development process.

Ideal for software engineers new to privacy, this book helps you examine privacy-protective information management architectures and their foundational components—building blocks that you can combine in many ways. Policymakers, academics, students, and advocates unfamiliar with the technical terrain will learn how these tools can help drive policies to maximize privacy protection.

  • Restrict access to data through a variety of application-level controls
  • Use security architectures to avoid creating a single point of trust in your systems
  • Explore federated architectures that let users retrieve and view data without compromising data security
  • Maintain and analyze audit logs as part of comprehensive system oversight
  • Examine case studies to learn how these building blocks help solve real problems
  • Understand the role and responsibilities of a Privacy Engineer for maintaining your privacy architecture
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Good introduction to policy for laymen

By endless_steve

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  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples
  • Well-written

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    Comments about oreilly The Architecture of Privacy:

    I read this book as an engineer with an interest in privacy policy. To be clear, this book isn't about security (limiting unauthorized access), but about privacy from govts/companies (limiting authorized access).

    This book calls out complexities in privacy policy, such as the tension between providing audit logs and providing a hard delete feature.

    This is a must-read for anyone interested in digital rights.

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    Very High Level

    By Todd

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    • Easy to understand

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    • Too basic

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    Comments about oreilly The Architecture of Privacy:

    I am reading the early release edition which is only half complete, but O'Reilly emailed asking for a review.

    The book is very introductory. It presents mostly high-level concepts and is focused mostly on internal controls. I was looking for more concrete ways to protect data against internal and external threats. There is a use cases section that has not been published yet. I'd love to see a very specific walkthrough of how a company like Anthem, which was recently breached, could have protected their customers' data better than it did. Were there architectural considerations that could have mitigated this, or how could encryption been deployed and if not, why?

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