The Department of Homeland Security‘s science and technology unit has chosen Yale University to develop technology for use in data privacy research studies under a $1.7 million contract.
DHS said Monday the “PriFi Networking for Tracking-Resistant Mobile Computing” contract is part of its data privacy program that aims to develop new privacy-enhancing technologies that are ready to be deployed.
Yale will work to build technology to defend the locations and identities of individuals against malicious tracking and surveillance.
“Keeping the homeland secure depends on both guarding and granting access to secure systems, facilities, and other resources,” said Reginald Brothers, DHS undersecretary for science and technology.
“Protecting Personally Identifiable Information is vital to the DHS mission and S&T has a long-standing interest in privacy-enhancing technologies.”
Yale team leader Joan Feigenbaum proposed to develop an anti-tracking and private network access mechanism that will work to protect members of the organization, the report said.