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Overview

The Internet and associated information technologies have driven unprecedented innovation, economic value, and improvement in social services. Many of these benefits are fueled by data about individuals that flow through a complex ecosystem. As a result, individuals may not be able to understand the potential consequences for their privacy as they interact with systems, products, and services. At the same time, organizations may not realize the full extent of these consequences for individuals, for society, or for their enterprises, which can affect their brands, their bottom lines, and their future prospects for growth.

To support organizations in better protecting individuals’ privacy, and to help bring privacy risk into parity with other risks such as cybersecurity and safety that organizations manage in their risk portfolios, NIST engages with stakeholders to develop privacy guidance, tools, and international standards. NIST’s Privacy Engineering Program focuses on advancing privacy practices through the application of measurement science and system engineering principles. The NIST Privacy Framework is a voluntary tool developed in collaboration with stakeholders intended to help organizations identify and manage privacy risk to build innovative products and services while protecting individuals’ privacy.

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NIST Releases Version 1.0 of Privacy Framework

Our data-driven society has a tricky balancing act to perform: building innovative products and services that use personal data while still protecting people’s privacy. To help organizations keep this balance, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is offering a new tool for managing privacy risk. The agency has just released Version 1.0 of the NIST Privacy Framework: A Tool for
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NIST’s Low-Cost Radio System Could Help Trace Disease Spread

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NIST to Take Part in US-UK Partnership to Advance Privacy-Enhancing Technologies Via Prize Challenges

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Spotlight: Carolyn Schmidt Looks Inward to Protect NIST Privacy

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Development and Evaluation of Bluetooth Low-Energy Device for Electronic Encounter Metrics

Author(s)
Katy Keenan, Joe Aumentado, Harold Booth, Kimberly Briggman, Mikail Kraft-Molleda, Michele Martin, Rene Peralta, Angela Robinson, Krister Shalm, Michelle Stephens, Emily Townsend, Sae Woo Nam
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic led to the need for tracking of physical contacts and potential exposure to disease. Traditional contact

2020 Cybersecurity and Privacy Annual Report

Author(s)
Patrick D. O'Reilly, Kristina Rigopoulos, Larry Feldman, Greg Witte
During Fiscal Year 2020 (FY 2020), from October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020, the NIST Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) Cybersecurity and Privacy