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NIST Extends Comment Period for Privacy Framework RFI

The National Institute of Standards and Technology extended the deadline to submit written comments on a new framework to help the government better identify, assess, manage and communicate privacy risks.

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NIST is accepting public input on the RFI until Jan. 14, extending the original deadline of Dec. 31 to close the document, according to a notice on Federal Register posted Monday. “NIST is taking this action to provide additional time to submit comments because multiple interested parties have expressed difficulty in submitting comments by the original deadline and have asked for an extension,” the agency said.

The project aims to develop a Privacy Framework to help agencies and organizations protect personal information stored and used in their products and services.

“It is a challenge to design, operate or use technologies in ways that are mindful of diverse privacy needs in an increasingly connected and complex environment,” NIST said in the RFI.

The agency hopes the framework to provide “prioritized, flexible, risk-based, outcome-based, and a cost-effective approach” compatible with existing legal and regulatory regimes for widespread adoption.

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