Privacy Advisor

NASCIO Releases Research Brief for State CIOs

November 1, 2006

NASCIO's Security and Privacy Committee has released its latest research brief, "Keeping Citizen Trust: What Can a State CIO Do to Protect Privacy?" This research examines how privacy in the state government context has evolved as a defining issue in response to rapidly changing technological advances and the complexities of a fast-paced world. It further explores some initial areas in which a state CIO may encounter privacy issues and offers potential ways of addressing those issues.

"Privacy is a particularly daunting challenge for state governments, because citizens have an expectation of openness and transparency. Yet, at the same time, states must foster citizens' trust by ensuring that their private information remains that way," said Brenda Decker, CIO, Nebraska, and NASCIO's Security and Privacy Committee Co-Chair. "This brief starts us down the path of understanding how technology has changed the nature of privacy issues and how they can be effectively addressed."

"We feel that the brief will be of assistance to state CIOs as they encounter privacy issues in many different contexts - from the implementation of new IT systems to the implementation of new laws with technology components. We then provide them with a wide-range of considerations for understanding how they can effectively manage and implement privacy protections and, ultimately, play a part in keeping the citizen trust," said Mary Carroll, CIO, Ohio, and NASCIO Security and Privacy Committee Co-Chair.

This brief is available online.