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DHS S&T Taps Two Organizations for Data Privacy R&D Effort

The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate awarded two organizations a total of $1.1M to support the Data Privacy research and development project, DHS said Thursday.

The Data Privacy effort aims to mitigate privacy risks on critical data transmitted through mobile computing, connected sensor platforms, automated systems and other digital services.

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DHS S&T awarded $750K to the Regents of the University of Colorado to develop a detection and tracking system for unmanned aerial systems called DronePD. The directorate also earmarked $399.9K for Galois, a Portland, Ore.-based tech firm, to develop the FIDes Utility and Risk Assistant which will deliver risk and utility profile support for the Framework for Information Disclosure with Ethical Security platform. FIDes is a scalable control system that handles the technical disclosure of sensitive information from datasets.

“Support for these initiatives demonstrates how S&T is fostering responsible innovation to protect the nation’s people, infrastructure and assets while also protecting privacy,” said Mary McGinley, director of S&T's Physical and Cyber Security Division.

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