Brown University computer scientists have proposed an ultra-secure, decentralized firearm registry database that allays privacy concerns with encryption.
The team developed the concept after Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) reached out for ideas on how such a tool might be built.
The proposed encryption scheme would allow database searching without decryption, so those querying the database would see only the records they are looking for; the system also would give control of data to county-level officials rather than the federal government.
The registry would store the make, model, and serial number of all legally owned guns in each participating county, along with a registration number identifying gun owners; only a designated county official would hold the decryption key for their own local data.
Each county's encrypted data could be searched by authorized users elsewhere, with the search algorithm upholding high-level security because the data is never decrypted during the search.
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