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 anonymisation (audio) \ noun
anonymizer also British anonymiser noun

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Protesters also took other steps to anonymize their movements. Jane Li, Quartz, "Telegram faced China-linked cyberattacks during Hong Kong extradition protest," 13 June 2019 Regulators have been considering the release of these data, including ways to anonymize and aggregate them appropriately, for well over a year. Sheila C. Bair And Gaurav Vasisht, WSJ, "The Volcker Rule Needs Transparency More Than ‘Simplification’," 9 Sep. 2018 Photo: dado ruvic/Reuters In March, Mastercard joined with International Business Machines Corp. IBM -0.30% to set up an external trust that will hold and anonymize the data, so Mastercard has no ability to reidentify individuals from it. Natalia Drozdiak, WSJ, "From Restaurants to Insurers, the Race to Comply With New GDPR Privacy Rules," 24 May 2018 Ram asked the university to anonymize University of Arizona’s student ID cards so that the school could examine where freshman students check in. Charlie Lapastora, Fox News, "Arizona professor tracking student ID cards to determine whether students will drop out," 23 May 2018 Early on, the Aircloak team abandoned an attempt to anonymize targeted advertising, because there are so many transactions that can identify a person, Dr. Francis says. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "Privacy Is Dead. Here’s What Comes Next," 6 May 2018 On the blog itself, comments are public and people often anonymize themselves. Sarah Scoles, Longreads, "Meet the New Mormons," 8 June 2018 Equally important, Apple has invested heavily in building data mining tools that respect user privacy and attempt to anonymize and obfuscate user data in mathematically defensible ways. Alex Salkever, Fortune, "Commentary: Apple Actually Cares About Users’ Data. Facebook Could Learn a Lesson.," 27 Mar. 2018 To allay that fear, researchers anonymize genomes and follow health privacy laws. Bradley J. Fikes,, "Does your genome really give you away? Scientists criticize Human Longevity study," 12 Sep. 2017

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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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