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Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill Aims to Support Privacy Enhancing Tech; Rep. Haley Stevens Quoted

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Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev.; and Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb.; with Rep. Haley Stevens, D-Mich.; and Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, R-Okla., have introduced a bill to promote the development of privacy enhancing technologies and corresponding standards. 

The Promoting Digital Privacy Technologies Act would task the National Science Foundation (NSF) to further support PET research for data security applications, Stevens' office said Friday.

The bipartisan, bicameral legislation would boost research support across PET, associated mathematics and data minimization technologies; encourage cross-agency collaboration; and align with NSF’s Computer and Network Security Program. 

The bill would also have the National Institute of Standards and Technology partner with commercial and academic sectors to develop PET standards. Congress would also receive biennial reports on PET standards and research, if the bill becomes law.

“It is high time that we research ways in which privacy enhancing technologies can be utilized to protect Americans’ most sensitive and personal data," Stevens said.