[open-data-manual] Privacy guidelines for Open Government Data
phil at openplans.org
Thu Aug 18 01:27:25 UTC 2011
Has anyone put together any good guidelines for handling personally
identifiable information or other data with privacy concerns within the
context of open government data?
Most open data policies and guidelines I've seen make mention of the
need to honor "valid privacy concerns" but tend to do little else than
that or defer to existing provisions in law. What I'm looking for are
both 1) recommendations from the open data community on the best privacy
policies for open government data and 2) more detailed technical
guidelines on filtering or anonymizing private information.
The kinds of examples I'm interested in for policy would be things like
the New York State Freedom of Information Law which requires databases
and other data models to be designed to allow easy filtering of private
information (to segregate the private data).
The kinds of examples I'm interested in as far as technical guidelines
for filtering or anonymizing private data would be things like adjusting
applicable crime data location coordinates to the nearest centerpoint of
the block (I think Washington D.C. does this).
I feel like oftentimes constructive discussion of this topic is thwarted
by concerns about the mosaic effect, but it seems like those are more
often theoretical concerns rather than proven ones. Either way, I'd
appreciate it if any coverage of the mosaic effect would include a clear
distinction between proven and theoretical concerns.
I've started to collect references to material like this on a new page
of the Civic Commons wiki, but I'm wondering if there's already
something out there. Please feel free to chime in with references or
suggestions or add them to this page on the wiki:
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