What are Privacy Enhancing Technologies?
Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs) enable businesses to obtain valuable insights from data while ensuring personal data protection, data privacy, and the safeguard of commercially sensitive information. PETs allow for increased B2B data collaboration, cross-border data flow, and data collection for AI development.
IMDA’s PET Sandbox: A safe space to trial PETs
As PETs are still in their infancy, there is much to learn about using these technologies in a real-world environment. To facilitate experimentation with PETs, IMDA’s PET Sandbox – Singapore’s first – provides opportunities for companies to work with trusted PET digital solution providers to develop use cases and pilot PETs.
The PET Sandbox will:
Since the launch of the PET Sandbox, IMDA has received active participation from the industry. Read about the PET use cases implemented by the participating businesses:
GPAI and IMDA collaborated to demonstrate how privacy-enhancing technologies can be used to share data from past pandemics and improve societal resilience to future outbreaks. This report shares key findings from this project, highlighting the importance of circulating data via confidential and trustworthy channels.
Data sharing amongst the pharmaceutical company and its data partners has not been easy as they have to abide to the different data protection regulations in various jurisdictions. Often these data involves individuals and may disclose product distribution and transaction data within the ecosystem players. The pharmaceutical company designed a Trusted Execution Environment (TEE) based solution for the POC, where it included safeguards to ensure that the original data from data partners cannot be read, modified, or accessed in any form by host of the environment. Through the POC, the company managed to access more data from its data partners and create new data models that benefits the ecosystem partners.
Mastercard, a global technology company in the payments industry, via its Cyber and Intelligence Solutions business line has been assessing the potential for frontier technologies, including Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs), to buttress its product offerings against financial crimes like money laundering.
Mastercard developed a proof of concept (POC) in IMDA’s PET Sandbox program to investigate a product based on Fully Homomorphic Encryption (FHE), provided by a third-party supplier, for sharing financial crime intelligence across international borders – specifically between Singapore, the United States (“US”), India and the United Kingdom (“UK”) – while complying with prevailing regulations.
Companies with PET use cases are invited to participate in the PET Sandbox. More information can be found in the invitation to participate in the PET Sandbox (202.63KB).
For insights into PETs and the PET Sandbox, please access the following reports.
IMDA-Google: PET x Privacy Sandbox
IMDA has partnered with Google to give companies access to Google’s Privacy Sandbox through IMDA’s PET Sandbox environment. Key features of the PET x Privacy Sandbox include: