"The language of IT often includes four-syllable words that seem divorced from everyday understanding. One exception is the friendly acronym PETs, or Privacy Enhancing Technologies — tools that help agencies enable, enhance and preserve the privacy of data throughout its life cycle. When agencies use sensitive data in digital environments, PETs can help protect this information in addition to the interests and intent of the person using the data.
In past decades, PETs were too slow to be useful. They could encrypt sensitive data searches, but the process was 'completely impractical for any kind of real-world use case,' said Ellison Anne Williams. In the past six years, there have been dramatic breakthroughs in PETs capabilities, and they are now faster and more logical data protection options."
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