Department Of Homeland Security Pursues Privacy Tech For Contact Tracing During Covid-19

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

DHS
is worried about your privacy, security, and civil liberties based on what it has seen in current technical proposals for contact tracing in the U.S. and other countries. In addition, DHS envisions how the U.S. can return to life in a ‘new normal’ after Covid-19, where it is seeking solutions to the challenges of checking a traveler’s temperature in the airport to speedy methods of sanitization at Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints. Using what is called the Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP), DHS has issued a proposal titled ‘Emerging Needs: Covid-19 Response & Future Mitigation’ with applications due by September 30, 2020. Based in California’s Silicon Valley, DHS looks to harness the commercial R&D ecosystem for technologies with government applications to tackle some of the hardest problems it faces.

ORLANDO, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES – 2020/05/21: A TSA officer checks a man’s ID at a screening … [+] checkpoint at Orlando International Airport. The Transportation Security Administration has rolled out new guidelines for the screening of air passengers designed to decrease the chances that its officers are exposed to the coronavirus. The new rules, which go into effect nationwide in mid-June, include a requirement that …

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