Innovative technologies such as the “internet of things” (IoT) and artificial intelligence enhance convenience, efficiency and economic growth. At the same time, these and other technologies increasingly require complex networking environments and use detailed data about individuals that can make protecting their privacy harder.
To help meet this challenge, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today that it has launched a collaborative project to develop a voluntary privacy framework to help organizations manage risk.
The envisioned privacy framework will provide an enterprise-level approach that helps organizations prioritize strategies for flexible and effective privacy protection solutions so that individuals can enjoy the benefits of innovative technologies with greater confidence and trust.
To collect input from stakeholders, NIST will kick off the effort with a public workshop on Oct. 16, 2018, in Austin, Texas—in conjunction with the International Association of Privacy Professionals’ Privacy. Security. Risk. 2018 conference.
The Austin public workshop is the first in a series planned to collect current practices, challenges and needs in managing privacy risks in ways that go beyond common cybersecurity practices.
Over the coming year, through these workshops and other outreach efforts, said Lefkovitz, “we want to gather the best ideas from many stakeholders so that the privacy framework tool we develop is useful and effective for a wide range of organizations.”
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