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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Committee on National Statistics
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
 Challenges and New Approaches for Protecting Privacy in Federal Statistical Programs: A Workshop
Project Description 

For decades, federal statistical agencies have striven to balance the legal and ethical obligations to protect the confidentiality of data subjects with the need to provide informative statistics and access to data for secondary analysis. In recent years, balancing these objectives has become increasingly difficult. The digital revolution has seen an explosion in the growth of available data, both from public and private sources, which ill-intentioned actors could use to compromise confidentiality protections.

This workshop will discuss new approaches to protecting data confidentiality, with a particular focus on methods that offer formal guarantees of privacy protection, like differential privacy. Discussions will cover the policy and implementation issues from both provider and user perspectives, including the promises and limitations of using formal privacy methods.

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Workshop | June 6-7, 2019

National Academies of Sciences Building - NAS Lecture Room
2101 Constitution Ave., NW. Washington, D.C.

June 6: 8:45 AM - 5:00 PM
June 7: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Workshop Agenda

Workshop Flyer

Session 8 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm on Friday, June 7 is scheduled to include 12 five-minute presentations (2 or 3 slides) for people to summarize their privacy research, problems, experiences, and solutions.  We are considering adding a few poster sessions at lunch time.



Below is an application for your speed or poster talk to be included on the program.  The selected presentations will include discussions of needed research to assure the protection of different data types, ongoing research to address protection of difficult data types, experiences in developing interim and long-term solutions. Please return the application to Nancy Kirkendall at

Application for Speed Talk or Poster Session


Staff Information


Nancy J. Kirkendall, Project Director
Jillian Kaufman, Senior Program Assistant


National Academy of Sciences
Committee on National Statistics


Committee Members
Jerome P. Reiter (Chair), Duke University
Daniel Kifer, Penn State University
Aleksandra Korolova, University of Southern California
Alexandra Wood, Harvard University
Michael Hawes, U.S. Bureau of the Census


For more information, please contact:

Jillian Kaufman

Mailing Address

Keck Center
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001




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