De-identification is a way for organizations to remove personal information from data that they collect, use, archive, and share with other organizations. De-identification is not a single technique, but a collection of approaches, algorithms, and tools that can be applied to different kinds of data with differing levels of effectiveness. Privacy protection improves as more aggressive de-identification techniques are employed, but less utility remains in the dataset.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is conducting research and developing documents in the area of de-identification. This page summarizes our work and current projects.
NIST FY2016 Projects in De-Identification
- Government Data De-Identification Stakeholders Forum, 2016-JUN-29 at NIST
- "De-Identifying Government Data," NIST working paper in development
- De-Identification Software Evaluation, Pilot Study, Summer 2016
Past Efforts — Materials Available
- "NISTIR 8053: De-Identification of Personal Information," Interagency Report, October 2015
- 2016-03-07: "Tech Tuesday" training slides
- 2016-03-24: De-Identification and Re-Identification
- 2016-04-21: Statement delivered to the Open Police Data Initiatives and the Impact on Victims of Intimate Partner Violence
- 2016-05-24: Testimony on "De-Identification and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)", Subcommittee on Privacy, Confidentiality & Security, National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics
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