Justice organizations that develop integrated justice information sharing systems and strategies must develop or expand policies that protect the privacy of the information maintained within those systems.
The specter of the theft or inappropriate use or disclosure of private and confidential information prompts many organizations, including justice agencies, to reexamine their privacy policies and to update them if necessary, or to create responsible and effective policies if none exist.
For years, SEARCH has assisted States and supported national efforts to develop privacy policies by conducting conferences and workshops; convening task forces; developing reports and guides; participating in privacy initiatives of national working groups; and providing expert assistance.
In particular, SEARCH has participated in helping develop privacy resources under the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative. SEARCH developed a Guide to Conducting Privacy Impact Assessments for State, Local, and Tribal Information Sharing Initiatives, which Global adopted and published as a resource in its privacy toolkit. This guide allows justice practitioners to examine the privacy implications of their information systems and information-sharing collaborations so they can design and implement policies to address vulnerabilities identified through the assessment process. It also includes a privacy impact assessment template that jurisdictions can use to conduct their assessments.
SEARCH participated in developing the Global framework and is available to assist agencies with implementing it—particularly since it can be implemented using existing IT architectures, standards (GRA, NIEM, GFIPM), and software tools.
- Check out our Privacy 101 primer
– Robert Boehmer/Alan Carlson presentation
– Owen Greenspan presentation
- Search our Publications page for SEARCH-developed documents on privacy