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NIST Awards Grant to Improve Online Security and Privacy

PRIVO is a 2013 – 2015 award winner of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) Pilot Grant Program- a White House initiative aimed at finding a better way to protect consumer’s online identity and personal information by reducing reliance on insecure usernames and passwords. PRIVO’s grant focuses on three core areas; a Minors Trust Framework, PRIVO iD Network & Family Portal and an educational initiative about online privacy and parental consent for children.

See the NIST Press Release here for more details

Today Under COPPA, parents have to separately answer each consent request they get from every online service their kids want access to, which can be a burden for both the parent and the online service provider.

The real problem arises, however, when children subvert the process by lying about their age in order to access online services. This reinforces the harmful notion that lying is an acceptable practice.

Tomorrow under PRIVO’s Minors Trust Framework, parents will have their identity verified once by PRIVO, and have the ability to pre-consent their kids ability to access the PRIVO iD Network’s partner services.

What is the Minors Trust Framework?

Simply put, the Minors Trust Framework (MTF) is an online identity trust model. The MTF’s complete set of technical, operational, and legal policies enable MTF members to identify and sign up kids and their parents in a fast, safe and privacy enhancing manner. The MTF is consistent with NSTIC’s guiding principles of creating a secure, privacy enhancing identity ecosystem helping to protect minors and their parents’ personal information.

Join the Minors Trust Framework today!


The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (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 Strategy calls for the development of interoperable technology standards and policies — an “Identity Ecosystem” — where individuals, organizations, and underlying infrastructure — such as routers and servers — can be authoritatively authenticated.

Strategy are to protect individuals, businesses, and public agencies from the high costs of cyber crimes like identity theft and fraud, while simultaneously helping to ensure that the Internet continues to support innovation and a thriving marketplace of products and ideas

Visit the NSTIC website for more information

**This site is maintained by PRIVO with the support of the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The views expressed do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the NIST or NSTIC; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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