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The Privacy Office is looking for a Privacy and Open Data Manager. Learn more.

The Policy & Open Data Manager has a highly visible and truly strategic policy-making role within state government.  The position is expected to testify before Legislative Committees on a regular basis on a variety of issues in which the Office of Privacy and Data Protection is engaged.  The position will give advice to the governor's office on related issues, including broadband policy and net neutrality. This position also develops and executes the statewide open data strategy, initiatives,... Read more

Thanks to an opportunity created by SBCTC, over twenty IT directors completed Privacy Fundamentals training on October 11th at Grays Harbor College.

Topics of interest included student ID numbers, surveillance, biometrics and records inventories.

Th training materials are attached here.

The Innovation, Technology & Economic Development Committee held a great work session September 13th on privacy bills, ideas and problems. Topics of interest included online privacy of children, freemium privacy options, Public Disclosure Commisison data and perspectives, legislative efforts at the federal level, the private right of action in privacy legislation, and property interests in personal data.

Resources: Presentation documents from Committee staff Yelena Baker, and NCSL reference materials on state privacy laws

Here's the Video from TVW


The Privacy Office is circulating the following draft Data Stewardship Principles among agency stakeholders for comment.

Stakeholder groups contibuting feedback include:

- agency privacy officers

- data sharing agreements specialists

- enterprise architects

- information security profesisonals

The principles are based  on this UN document: Guidance on Big Data

Here's the presentation we're using.

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Every year the Privacy Office does a review and assessment of agency privacy practices, challenges and needs.  The first step is a survey completed by agencies - part of the annual technology policy certification process from the state CIO.  Agencies working on the survey can find instructions here, or can contact the privacy office for direct help.  

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