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White House Issues New Recommendations to Promote Online Data Privacy

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy recently published a report titled “National Strategy to Advance Privacy-Preserving Data Sharing and Analytics,” which contains new recommendations for how both public and private entities can promote privacy for online users.

The report (download the PDF) was written by the Fast-Track Action Committee on Advancing Privacy-Preserving Data Sharing and Analytics, part of the OSTP’s Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Subcommittee. A recent article by summarizes the report’s recommendations.

According to the report, the recommended PPDSA strategy “lays out a path to advance PPDSA technologies to maximize their benefits in an equitable manner, promote trust, and mitigate risks.”  The strategy sets out a vision for a future data ecosystem that incorporates PDSA approaches:

Privacy-preserving data sharing and analytics technologies help advance the well-being and prosperity of individuals and society, and promote science and innovation in a manner that affirms democratic values.

The OSTP’s report also lays out four principles that should guide research and development into PPDSA technologies:

  • PPDSA technologies will be created and used in ways that protect privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties.
  • PPDSA technologies will be created and used in a manner that stimulates responsible scientific research and innovation and enables individuals and society to benefit equitably from the value derived from data sharing and analytics.
  • PPDSA technologies will be trustworthy and will be created and used in a manner that upholds accountability.
  • PPDSA technologies will be created and used to minimize the risk of harm to individuals and society arising from data sharing and analytics, with explicit consideration of impacts on underserved, marginalized, and vulnerable communities.

The report concludes: “From here, OSTP, in partnership with the National Economic Council, will focus and coordinate Federal activities to advance the priorities put forward in this Strategy.”

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