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USA: Senators and State Representatives introduce bill for Promoting Digital Privacy Technologies Act

U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto announced, on 5 February 2021, that she had, along with U.S. Senator Deb Fischer and two State Representatives, introduced Senate Bill ('SB') 224 for the Promoting Digital Privacy Technologies Act. In particular, SB 224 would, among other things, require the National Science Foundation ('NSF') to promote research into privacy enhancing technologies ('PET') and develop standards for integration of PETs into public and private sector data use. Specifically, SB 224 would require the NSF to support research on, among other things:

  • technologies for de-identification, pseudonymisation, anonymisation, or obfuscation of personal data in datasets while maintaining fairness, accuracy, and efficiency;
  • algorithms and other similar mathematical tools used to protect individual privacy when collecting, storing, sharing, or aggregating data; and
  • technologies that promote data minimisation principles in data collection, sharing, and analytics.

You can read the press release here, SB 224 here, and track its progress here.