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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
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.

Workshop | June 6-7, 2019
National Academy of Sciences Building- NAS Lecture Room
2101 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC 

June 6: 8:45 AM - 4:00 PM
June 7: 9:00 AM - 2:20 PM

Workshop Agenda

Workshop Flyer

Workshop Videos and Presentations


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 W1116
500 Fifth Street, NW 
Washington, DC 20001







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