Our vision is to advance and expand privacy-forward practices by building a culture of privacy, preserving the public trust, and fostering innovation while safeguarding personal information.
Our mission is to serve the County of Santa Clara by helping to ensure that privacy is safeguarded and treated with integrity and respect. We believe that the relationships with our stakeholders and commitment to public service are fundamental to building the trust essential to embed privacy by design, assess risk, and provide guidance and training. Through our focus on privacy in technology and developing public-private partnerships, we strive to balance the County’s need to collect and process personal information with its responsibility to protect it.
The Privacy Office achieves our vision through the pursuit of five strategic priorities.
The Privacy Office collaborates with the County of Santa Clara Office of Intergovernmental Relations (IGR) to stay abreast of emerging issues at local, state, and federal levels related to privacy. When appropriate, the Privacy Office may weigh in on pending federal or state legislation if it aligns with the County’s values and Board of Supervisors approved legislative priorities. The Privacy Office is working to establish a Privacy Center of Excellence that will bring together experts in academia, business, advocacy groups, and government to discuss and develop privacy practices and solutions that better protect people and organizations.
- Policies, Governance, Awareness
The County of Santa Clara operates through several major agencies and departments. The Privacy Office works collaboratively with these entities to promote the privacy of its residents and employees in policies, procedures, and processes across the County. We are currently launching a Privacy Champions Program for employees across County departments, developing County-wide training, and reviewing and updating County policies.
- Privacy Impact Assessments and Inventory Activities
One of the Privacy Office’s main functions is to perform privacy impact assessments (PIA) and information inventory activities on County systems. Examples of these activities include an assessment of all databases that store data provided by approved surveillance technologies as well as collaborating with the Chief Information Security Officer’s team and Chief Data Officer’s team as needed. We also respond to and track privacy incidents and data breaches. Additionally, the Privacy Office is responsible for vetting all County Surveillance Use Policies.
- Special Projects and Reports
The Privacy Office participates in special projects and produces reports on an as-needed basis. Examples of this type of work include projects with the Census 2020 Program, the Privacy Center of Excellence, facial recognition technology, monitoring and assessment approaches, data sharing coordination and reviews, and policy analysis and development.
The County of Santa Clara Privacy Office is a group member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).
County of Santa Clara Privacy Office
2460 North 1st Street,
San Jose, CA 95131
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