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NIST Released Draft Special Publication 800-188, De-Identifying Government Datasets
August 25, 2016

NIST requests comments on Draft Special Publication 800-188, De-Identification of Government Datasets 
 
De-identification removes identifying information from a dataset so that the remaining data cannot be linked with specific individuals. Government agencies can use de-identification to reduce the privacy risk associated with collecting, processing, archiving, distributing or publishing government data. Previously NIST published NISTIR 8053, De-Identification of Personal Information, which provided a survey of de-identification and re-identification techniques. This document provides specific guidance to government agencies that wish to use de-identification. 
 
In developing the draft Privacy Risk Management Framework, NIST sought the perspectives and experiences of de-identification experts both inside and outside the US Government. 
 
Future areas of work will focus on developing metrics and tests for de-identification software, as well as working with industry and academia to make algorithms that incorporate formal privacy guarantees usable for government de-identification activities. 
 
Email comments to: sp800-188-draft@nist.gov (Subject: "Comments Draft SP 800-188")
Comments due by: September 26, 2016 

Link to Comment Template Form (.docx)

Created December 20, 2016, Updated May 22, 2017