FHE allows for conducting more complex functions than Somewhat Homomorphic Encryption.
“There’s more and more data available,” Archer says. “And people are recognizing, maybe not for the first time, that it’s important to keep that data private, yet it would be great if we could get utility out of it.”
A researcher studying the opioid crisis, for example, might benefit from running an analysis on private healthcare data, but the owner of that data might not feel comfortable providing access due to privacy concerns. FHE, if trusted by both parties, could allow a way for researchers to make use of data without actually seeing the original information.
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