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Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative, Privacy and Civil Liberties Policy Development Guide and Implementation Templates (2007) (full-text).


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The Guide was developed through a collaborative effort of the Global Privacy and Information Quality Working Group (GPIQWG) of the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative Advisory Committee.

This publication is a practical, hands-on resource that supports analysis of privacy and civil liberties protection requirements for information sharing environments. Its purpose is to provide guidance for the process of developing agency policy that articulates agency privacy and civil liberties obligations and supports information sharing, as well as protects privacy and information quality interests. Basic guidance and information are provided for each step of the policy development process with resource lists and Web links to more in-depth information on specific subjects.

The guide begins by providing an overview and definition of a privacy and civil liberties policy and then progresses through planning, developing a project team, and drafting the guidance statements (for example, vision, mission, and values statements, as well as goals and objectives). The guide identifies certain common issues to be addressed and suggests approaches for issue resolution. It walks the user through the steps to determine what specific information a justice entity collects, uses, and disseminates during the course of routine justice operations and assists in the identification of what laws control the collection and sharing of that information.