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NSF funds initiative for privacy protection integrated with data mining

Stanford Report (09/30/03); Levy, Dawn

Lawyers, technologists, policy proponents, and domain specialists will collaborate in a National Science Foundation (NSF) initiative whose goal is to build an infrastructure that allows sensitive personal data to be mined by organizations while upholding individuals' privacy rights, according to principal investigator Dan Boneh of Stanford University. Yale University's Joan Feigenbaum observes that government and business want to access more information, while individuals desire the benefits of data collection and analysis but not the drawbacks, such as privacy infringement. "Use of transaction data and surveillance data need to be consistent with basic U.S. constitutional structure and with basic social and business norms," she explains. The project collaborators will meet professionally and convene in workshops twice a year, and also consult with students and postdoctoral researchers and work together on publications.

Areas of concentration for researchers include the development of tools that can manage sensitive data in peer-to-peer networks, database policy enforcement methodology, and next-generation technology designed to deter identity theft, which Boneh characterizes as "the fastest growing crime in the U.S. and in the world." The NSF will allocate $12.5 million over five years to project participants Stanford, Yale, New York University, the University of New Mexico, and the Stevens Institute of Technology as part of the foundation's Information Technology Research program. Also affiliated with the project are the Secret Service, the Census Bureau, IBM, Microsoft, the Department of Health and Human Services, Citigroup, Hewlett-Packard, the Center for Democracy and Technology, and the Electronic Privacy Information Center.

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