Justice Information Sharing Privacy

"Ethical and legal obligations compel every professional in the justice system to protect privacy interests when sharing justice information. Today, increased security needs not only dictate enhanced justice information sharing but also highlight the need to balance privacy protection and justice information access. The ease of digital access now makes analysis of privacy obligations a more complex process. Nonetheless, the underlying foundations for privacy policy exist in our current laws and customs. Constitutions, statutes, regulations, policies, procedures, and common-law requirements still control justice entity collection and sharing of information. What is new is the need for justice practitioners to articulate the rules that control their information gathering and sharing activities in a manner that both supports information sharing and protects constitutional privacy rights."

"Since September 11, 2001, enhanced justice information sharing has been shown to be critical to ensure public safety and homeland security. As agencies pursue the automated exchange of information in the public interest, it is equally as critical that decision makers vigorously strive to protect constitutional privacy rights. To this end, justice and public safety agencies must develop privacy policies to guide information exchange efforts and to clearly identify the rules that control their information sharing activities.

The Privacy Policy Development Guide is a practical, hands-on resource that provides justice practitioners with sensible guidance for developing a privacy policy. It assists agencies in articulating privacy obligations in a manner that protects the justice agency, the individual, and the public and makes it easier to do what is necessary - share critical justice information."

To read more about justice information sharing privacy and to access the above mentioned guide, click on the following URL:

http://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1406832989798-96fddb9ea637a60914c9b032c4f4dd82/CAP%20Implementation_Fact_Sheet_20140730.pdf