A System of Trust: Privacy Policies for Justice Information Sharing builds upon the lessons learned from a recent NGA meeting held in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance. Participating states created privacy policies designed to govern their integrated justice information systems, provide accountability for potential misuse of the system and protect the privacy rights of individuals.
In addition to including critical information gleaned from the meeting, the brief identifies common challenges that states face when developing privacy policies for justice information systems and provides a roadmap for states to implement privacy policies based on the experiences of other states.
The brief presents governors the following policy options to ensure justice agencies establish adequate privacy protections and enforce limitations on how information is accessed and used at all points within the justice system:
- Conduct a legal analysis of extant privacy laws and regulations;
- Assess the privacy risks and vulnerabilities of the various components of the justice information sharing system via a privacy impact assessment;
- Establish auditing, security and enforcement mechanisms in the justice information sharing system to ensure system accountability.