A Raytheon subsidiary, the International Computer Science Institute and Yale University have received separate contracts from the Department of Homeland Security to develop technologies that will work to protect privacy and personally identifying information.
The three contracts have a total value of $3.66 million and seek to secure online information in the public and private sectors as part of the data privacy program of DHS’ science and technology directorate, the department said Thursday.
“It is essential for government and private-sector organizations to stay ahead of criminals who are using increasingly sophisticated methods to extract personally identifiable information,” said Reginald Brothers, DHS under secretary for science and technology.
Raytheon subsidiary BBN Technologies aims to create a tool for internet users to maintain privacy during multiple simultaneous online searches under the unit’s $1.3 million contract.
DHS awarded $665,000 to ICSI to build a privacy intrusion detector for mobile devices and $1.7 million to Yale University to develop technology intended to secure individuals’ identity and location from malicious tracking and surveillance.