Blurring data and image can protect us from their unauthorized use by third parties. Image anonymization in large quantities is a time-consuming and sometimes highly complicated process. A large accumulation of images, whether in any institution or on our private computer, is often a big problem. Hundreds or even thousands of files on which we want to erase personal data or images must, above all, be stored and shared in a way that complies with GDPR, which has been applicable throughout the EU since 2018. How to erase data so that you do not expose yourself to a breach?
Why should data be anonymized?
Image anonymization, in addition to protecting against image theft, is required when sharing any personal data with third parties. As a result of the General Data Protection Regulation, which came into force on 25 May 2018, all sensitive data that has an impact on a person’s identifiability and recognisability must absolutely be deleted before any sharing. All entities that process personal data in any way are obliged to comply with the regulations. Any situation that ends up violating the GDPR laws may result in a fine. Image anonymization applies not only to shared files, but also to stored files that could fall into the wrong hands and be used for illegal purposes.
Options for data anonymization
There are two ways to correctly blur photos and faces in a photograph. The first is to use the assistance of an external company that offers a photo anonymization service. However, you need to be careful, as it is illegal to share photos with others who have not obtained permission from the data owner to share and store them. The second option is to use specialized image anonymization software to ensure that no data falls into the wrong hands.
Anonymization of a large number of images
Gallio.pro is a program that makes it possible to quickly blur faces and number plates on a large number of files, including video. The program, thanks to the algorithms used, will automatically detect the data in the photo and anonymize it. The process itself is not only simple, but also relatively inexpensive, and the biggest advantage is that you will avoid breaking the regulations related to GDPR and, therefore, create the image of a legal, accordant with the rules company.