NIST launches data privacy challenge

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has proposed a challenge to protect personally identifiable information (PII) while maintaining the utility of a dataset.

The Unlinkable Data Challenge: Advancing Methods in Differential Privacy focuses on “proactively protecting individual privacy while allowing for data to be used by researchers for positive purposes and outcomes”, and comes in the wake of several massive data breaches. Many of these breaches have compromised huge amounts of personal data, exposing individuals to cybercriminals.

Although the information in research databases has advanced the US’s ability to tackle physical phenomena and social issues, it also holds PII. Simply removing the PII is not sufficient as the remaining information in the data sets can be cross-referenced with data from other resources to de-anonymize it, thereby enabling linkage attacks. NIST’s challenge aims to tackle this issue.

Submissions for the challenge should be made by 5:00 pm, July 26, 2018.

Data privacy is crucial to your organization

As NIST looks to improve methods for data protection, organizations also need to take steps to secure their data. The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance deadline is just two weeks away, and any organization dealing with EU residents’ personal data must comply or face fines up to €20 million (about $24 million), or 4% of annual global turnover – whichever is greater.

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