A New Approach to Data Protection

[Video] Researchers work on a more privacy-friendly way to manage our data

As a resource comparable in value to what oil once was, our personal data must be better protected. Today's infrastructure does not respect privacy standards, explains Nicolas Anciaux, a computer science researcher at France's Inria. In this video, he explains the details of a new approach to data protection that lets each of us maintain control over our personal information.

Our personal data has become a resource comparable to what oil used to be. “Economic models exploit them. Soaring profits in the field are the proof,” explains Nicolas Anciaux, computer scientist at Inria, a French computer science research institute. But as there are no rules that let each of us control this resource, “we can say it’s like plundering personal data.”


Nicolas Anciaux, a member of the Secured and Mobile Information Systems (SMIS) group at Inria, works on a new approach to handling our most valuable information. Instead of centralizing all of our data and passing control over them to a third party – which is not compatible with directives on privacy protection –, this innovative method makes it possible for everyone to keep his or her data on a personal server with the calculation codes necessary to obtain only a desired result. The functionalities remain the same; the security is far superior.

In this video, Nicolas Anciaux explains this new approach and its first results, as well as the applications his team envisions for the future.


To find out more:

SMIS: Secured and Mobile Information Systems – Nicolas Anciaux’s research team

Inria, Inventors for the Digital World


This article is a translation of "Une nouvelle approche de la protection de nos données", translated from French by Timothée Froelich.