IBM unveils security language

Thursday, 10 July 2003, 2:07 PM EST

IBM unveiled a programming language that enables enterprises a way to automate the enforcement of privacy policies across IT applications and systems.

The Enterprise Privacy Authorization Language, based on extensible markup language (XML), extends technology developed by the World Wide Web Consortium for communicating privacy rules between business and consumer applications over the Internet.

EPAL, unveiled at the Burton Group Catalyst Conference in San Francisco, takes the W3C's Platform for Privacy Preferences (P3P) and enables enterprise to enforce those same policies among internal applications and databases. This is significant because it ensures that policies governing the use of consumer information are maintained within the enterprise, IBM officials said.

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