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Among my New Year’s reading list were two December issuances that impact the world of information and privacy in government: the White House’s National Strategy on Information Sharing, and the Federal CIO Council’s Recommendations for Digital Privacy Controls. The interrelated nature of these issues should not be lost – sharing information requires protection for individuals in order to be sustained and supported over the long term. This blog post addresses the Sharing Strategy; a second will address the Privacy Controls; and a third will discuss the necessary linkages between the two.
President Obama released the Administration’s “National Strategy for Information Sharing and Safeguarding” on December 19. This document, which addresses information sharing to improve homeland security, intelligence, law enforcement, and the fight against terrorism, builds on a commitment made in the May 2010 National Security Strategy,and adds to a similar 2007 information strategy document. It puts forward three overarching principles for sharing information with the right people at the right time:
A lot has been done to improve information sharing over the past several years, led by the Information Sharing Environment (ISE) (www.ise.gov) office in the Directorate of National Intelligence (www.dni.gov). These measures include the expansion of fusion centers that integrate law enforcement and intelligence resources at the State and local level; the incorporation of suspicious activity reports (http://nsi.ncirc.gov) from individual citizens into fusion center analysis; advances in identity management under the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (www.nstic.gov); and the growth in the coordinating role and data of the National Counterterrorism Center (www.nctc.gov). All of these steps enable further progress in way that promotes protection of data, privacy and civil liberties
The Strategy then goes through five goals that help implement theses core principles:
Taken together, the Administration’s Information Sharing Strategy provides broad directional guidance for all levels of government, companies, and non-profits who can contribute to and benefit from a coherent national information sharing system. The last goal of the Strategy, around protecting privacy, leads directly to the question of how best to do so. In my next post, I’ll assess the Federal CIO Council recommendations that provide a set of tools for that task.
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