Privacy Technology Demonstration

Privacy Technology Demonstration

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) will host a Privacy Technology Demonstration, a first-of-its kind event to examine the performance of technologies intended to protect the privacy of individuals by obfuscating or encrypting faces in videos.

About the Privacy Technology Demonstration

Video technologies can enhance public safety and security, however there are legitimate concerns that these surveillance capabilities could be misused to recognize and track individuals. DHS is engaging industry to develop and evaluate capabilities to address public concerns and still enable public safety organizations to safeguard our homeland. 

To learn about the 2020 Privacy Technology Demonstration application process and requirements, please watch the announcement video below:

 DHS Science and Technology. March 2020. Arun Vemury. Biometric and Identity Technology Center, Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate. Jake Hasselgren, John Howard and Yevgeniy Sirotin. The Maryland Test Facility. U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology seal and logo. Maryland Test Facility logo.

Timeline/Submission Info

DHS S&T seeks full or partial systems capable of collecting and processing live and/or stored video footage, such that the faces of any recorded individuals are obfuscated and cannot be identified by humans or by face recognition algorithms. Companies providing either camera systems with edge processing capabilities or software capable of processing video in real-time will be considered and are encouraged to apply to participate. 

The timeline of events for the 2020 Privacy Technology Demonstration is as follows:

  • April 30: Submission deadline
  • May 22: Notification of Conditional Acceptance
  • May 26: Post Conditional Acceptance webinar
  • December: System installation
  • January 2021: System analysis

Additional Info

Check the MdTF website for the most up-to-date information about upcoming events, or to sign-up.


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