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Executive Summary for Justice Decision Makers: Privacy, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Program Development

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This document provides an overview of what information privacy is in relation to justice agencies, what civil rights and liberties are, what the risks are of not having privacy protections, how privacy intersects with information quality and security, how to establish privacy protections, why privacy policies should be developed, and where to turn for more resources.


This summary document discusses some core issues faced by justice and public safety communities in regards to protecting information privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties; it notes the importance of establishing and implementing privacy protections so that they can guide the agency’s information gathering and collection, storage, and sharing efforts. The document also notes that safeguarding information privacy will strengthen trust and public confidence, by promoting effective and responsible sharing of information that supports fundamental privacy concepts. The document provides definitions of privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties, and notes the risks of not having privacy protections. It also provides example privacy scenarios and their relation to privacy protection policies. The document provides details about how privacy intersects with information quality (IQ) and security, and how to establish privacy protections, noting the six stages of the privacy cycle: educate and raise awareness; assess agency privacy risks; develop the privacy policy; perform a policy evaluation; implement and train; and conduct an annual review.

Date Published: January 1, 2011