Phileas — The Open Source PII and PHI redaction engine

I am delighted to announce the project that provides the core PII and PHI redaction capabilities is now open source! Introducing Phileas, the PII and PHI redaction engine! Phileas is now available under the Apache license on GitHub.

Airlock, Philter, and Phirestream use Phileas to identify and redact sensitive information like PII and PHI. Phileas does all of the heavy lifting, while Philter and Phirestream make its functionality user-friendly and provide the NLP models.

Everyone is welcome to look at the code that powers Philter’s de-identification and redaction, use it, and contribute! In the next few weeks we will be adding better developer documentation to help you utilize Phileas in your applications. For the past 5 years, Phileas was only an internal project so please hang bear with us while we smooth out the edges and add user-facing documentation!

Airlock, Philter, and Phirestream will remain on the AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud marketplaces. We will continue to provide commercial support for those products. New versions of Airlock, Philter, and Phirestream will use the open source Phileas project.

We decided to open source Phileas because, firstly, we believe in open source. We also want to give our users the ability to look into how Philter and Phirestream work. Identifying and redacting sensitive information is a challenge with important implications! We want our users to have a better understanding of how these products work and to have a more open line of communication as to what features are implemented next. In that regard, we will be migrating our tasks over from our private Jira to GitHub issues in the next few days as well.

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