State of Washington Launches Privacy Modeling Tool (Beta)
The library community should consider doing something similar to what’s discussed below.
From Government Technology:
Access to nearly endless supplies of constituent data puts a great deal of power in the hands of state government at all levels. But with that power comes the caveat of great responsibility for the management and protection of that data.
So to stop data use conflicts before they become ingrained in new initiatives, Washington state officials launched the beta Privacy Modeling Tool. And the idea is incredibly simple: Look before you leap, said Chief Privacy Officer (CPO) Alex Alben.
“This is definitely meant as a first-step tool when you are designing something that is going to use personal information,” he said. “It’s not really intended for a business or an agency that knows the lay of the land in terms of privacy laws that apply to them … It’s really meant for an agency that is working outside of its domain of expertise, or a city or county that doesn’t necessarily have privacy resources.”
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.