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DHS Seeks Industry Participants for Privacy Tech Demo Initiative

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The Department of Homeland Security is inviting privacy-enhancing technology developers to apply to participate in a program that seeks to evaluate the performance of platforms designed to encrypt or obfuscate faces in video footage.

DHS said Friday its science and technology directorate wants partial or full systems that can process videos in real time and intends to select providers to join the 2020 Privacy Technology Demonstration, which is scheduled to take place in September.

The directorate will consider developers of camera systems that are equipped with an edge processing tool or a video obfuscation software, the department added.

Arun Vemury, director at DHS S&T's Biometric and Identity Technology Center, said such platforms "may help organizations to continue to provide public safety while protecting the privacy of individuals and guarding against technology misuse."

Interested vendors have until April 30 to submit their applications for the demo.

S&T plans to provide more details to obfuscation system providers through a webinar later this month and a  post on the Maryland Test Facility website.