NIST holds NSTIC privacy workshop June 27-28

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is hosting a workshop on June 27-28 in Cambridge, Mass to discuss topics relating to privacy in the implementation of the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) with stakeholders.

NSTIC is a White House initiative to work collaboratively with the private sector, advocacy groups, public sector agencies, and other organizations to improve the privacy, security, and convenience of sensitive online transactions. The goal is to protect individuals, businesses, and public agencies from the high costs of cyber crimes such as identity theft and fraud, while simultaneously ensuring that the Internet continues to support innovation and to be a thriving marketplace of products and ideas.

Privacy issues are critical to implementing the strategy. Workshop leaders will facilitate discussions covering the need of privacy-enhancing technologies and the challenges that these technologies could be to widespread use of trusted identities in an “Identity Ecosyetem.” Some of these challenges are increased operational complexity that organizations must deal with in an environment of multiple international privacy frameworks and creating enforcement mechanisms for maintaining privacy protections.

The June 27-28 is the second in a series of NSTIC workshops. The first was held June 9-10 in Washington, D.C. and covered issues related to governance. A September meeting will examine NSTIC technology and standards.

All stakeholders – from government, business, academia, advocated and citizens – are invited to attend the workshop at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab in Cambridge, MA. The workshop page is at: Additional information about NSTIC is available at