anon·​y·​mize | \ ə-ˈnä-nə-ˌmīz How to pronounce anonymize (audio) \
variants: also British anonymise
anonymized; anonymizing

Definition of anonymize

transitive verb

: to remove identifying information from (something, such as computer data) so that the original source cannot be known : to make (something) anonymous There's an incredible amount of data in your travel profile. So they improved security and created a sophisticated way to anonymize data.— Dana Hawkins

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Other Words from anonymize

anonymization also British anonymisation \ ə-​ˌnä-​nə-​mə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce anonymize (audio) \ noun
anonymizer also British anonymiser noun

Examples of anonymize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Two of the others are based on a system called PathCheck Safeplaces, which collects GPS information but promises to anonymize users' location data. Andy Greenberg, Wired, "The iOS Covid App Ecosystem Has Become a Privacy Minefield," 13 Nov. 2020 Spacewell, a building management software provider, chose to incorporate PointGrab's technology into its smart building platform partly because of its ability to anonymize data. Katy Scott, CNN, "Smart sensors could track social distancing in the office," 23 Oct. 2020 Using Tor to encrypt and anonymize your communications with us. NBC News, "SecureDrop," 1 July 2020 Experts may call into question the ability of data scientists to fully anonymize their data sets too. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Why economists, hedge funds, and health officials are using this startup’s data to understand the pandemic," 15 June 2020 Researchers from Google published a paper that details some of the challenges of using machine learning technologies to anonymize healthcare patient data, which would the researchers said would benefit other researchers. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "More and more companies are gaining an appetite for A.I. acquisitions," 3 Mar. 2020 Germany’s federal data protection regulator said Deutsche Telekom’s method to anonymize data didn't pose significant privacy risks. Catherine Stupp, WSJ, "EU to Issue Guidance on Making Coronavirus Tracking Data Anonymous," 10 Apr. 2020 Lynn Haaland, Zoom’s global risk and compliance officer, said the company does not anonymize or aggregate user data or rent it out in exchange for money. Brian X. Chen, New York Times, "The Lesson We Are Learning From Zoom," 8 Apr. 2020 Gratuitous surveillance would be banned—and after collecting data, firms would be forced, by default, to get rid of it, or fully anonymize the rest of it. Tim Wu, The New York Review of Books, "Bigger Brother," 24 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of anonymize

1858, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anonymize

anonym(ous) + -ize

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The first known use of anonymize was in 1858

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23 Nov 2020

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“Anonymize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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