AWS Announces AWS Clean Rooms
LAS VEGAS, Nov. 30, 2022 — AWS has announced AWS Clean Rooms, a new analytics service that helps companies across industries easily and securely analyze and collaborate on their combined datasets—without sharing or revealing underlying data. With AWS Clean Rooms, customers can create a secure data clean room in minutes and collaborate with any other company in the AWS Cloud to generate unique insights about advertising campaigns, investment decisions, clinical research, and more. AWS Clean Rooms provides a broad set of built-in data access controls that protect sensitive data, including query controls, query output restrictions, query logging, and cryptographic computing tools.
Companies across multiple industries increasingly look to complement their data with external business partners’ data to build a complete view of their business. In the advertising industry, for example, brands, media publishers, and their partners need to collaborate using datasets that are stored across many different channels and applications to improve the relevance of their campaigns and better engage with consumers. At the same time, these companies also want to protect sensitive consumer information and reduce or eliminate the sharing of raw data. To achieve this, one company often has to provide a copy of their user-level data to their partners and rely on contractual agreements to prevent misuse. Data clean rooms can help solve this challenge by allowing multiple parties to combine and analyze their data in a protected environment, where participants are unable to see each other’s raw data.
But clean rooms are hard to build, requiring complex privacy controls, specialized tools to protect each participant’s data, and months of development time customizing analytics tools. When a new collaborator is added, or a different type of analysis is needed, companies have to spend even more development time. Then, these companies repeatedly have to copy and upload their data into storage environments outside of their control, which increases costs and risks exposing sensitive information. Companies prefer to limit data movement as much as possible, usually leading to less collaboration and missed opportunities to generate new business insights.
AWS Clean Rooms is a new service that makes it easier for customers and their partners to analyze and collaborate on their collective datasets to gain new insights, without revealing underlying data. Customers can use AWS Clean Rooms to create their own clean rooms in minutes and to start analyzing their collective datasets with just a few clicks. From the AWS Management Console, customers can simply choose the partners with whom they want to collaborate, select their datasets, and configure restrictions for participants. With AWS Clean Rooms, customers can easily collaborate with companies that are already using AWS, without moving data out of their AWS environment or loading it into another platform.
When customers run queries, AWS Clean Rooms reads data where it lives and applies built-in analysis rules to help them maintain control over their data. Additionally, AWS Clean Rooms provides a broad set of configurable data access controls—including query controls, query output restrictions, and query logging—that allow companies to customize restrictions on the queries run by each clean room participant. AWS Clean Rooms also includes advanced cryptographic computing tools that keep data encrypted, even as queries are processed, to comply with stringent data-handling policies.
“Customers tell us they want to collaborate more safely and securely with their partners in areas like advertising, media, financial services, and life sciences. However, the data they need to do this is fragmented across data stores and applications belonging to different partners,” said Dilip Kumar, vice president of AWS Applications. “AWS Clean Rooms helps customers and their partners to better analyze and collaborate on their data on AWS. With the launch of AWS Clean Rooms, we are making it easier, simpler, and more secure for multiple companies to share and analyze combined datasets to generate new insights that they could not do on their own. Using AWS Clean Rooms, customers can collaborate on a range of tasks, such as more effectively generating advertising campaign insights and analyzing investment data while improving data security.”
In the coming months, AWS will also introduce new identity resolution capabilities to help businesses match and link customer records stored across disparate channels without the need to build and maintain complex workflows. Customers will have access to flexible, preconfigured identity resolution workflows that use rule-based techniques and machine learning models to help accurately link consumer interactions across applications into a unique user ID. With identity resolution capabilities, customers can create a unified view of their interactions with consumers.
AWS Clean Rooms is available as a standalone offering and as part of AWS for Advertising and Marketing, a comprehensive set of solutions for advertising agencies, advertising technology companies, brands, and media publishers to accelerate and improve advertising and marketing campaign effectiveness. AWS for Advertising and Marketing includes solutions for privacy-enhanced data collaboration, advertising intelligence and measurement, audience and customer data management, real-time advertising, and customer experience.
AWS Clean Rooms will be available in early 2023 in US East (Ohio), US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Europe (Frankfurt), Europe (Ireland), Europe (London), and Europe (Stockholm).