IBM introduces EPAL for privacy management

Friday, 11 July 2003, 1:20 PM EST

IBM Wednesday introduced a set of tools that will help companies automatically set and manage privacy policies that govern access to sensitive data stored in corporate applications and databases.

IBM's new XML-based programming language called Enterprise Privacy Authorization Language (EPAL) allows developers to build policy enforcement directly into enterprise applications. The move is another in a series by IBM to create a suite of tools and software to support identity management, a broad initiative that relies on user identity to control access and secure systems.

EPAL allows companies to translate clearly stated privacy policies into a language a machine can read and act upon.

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