Seattle Addresses Privacy and Public Disclosure in New Strategy for Managing Big Data
March 26, 2015 by Josh Mahar
Earlier this year, the Seattle City Council adopted a set of six privacy principles
regarding personal information. It was the first deliverable from the city’s Digital Privacy Initiative
, an effort aimed at developing a comprehensive plan and process for how the city collects, manages, and uses data. Seattle’s efforts are pioneering in this area and are a likely precursor of discussions that many local governments will need to have in the near future. As jurisdictions adopt new technologies and use data to better serve their constituents, myriad questions of privacy and public disclosure are often left unanswered. Developing a clear strategy and process to address these issues, like Seattle is attempting, may help local governments steer clear of major problems down the road.
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