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What is the City of San Jose’s approach to Digital Privacy?

The City is currently developing an increasingly comprehensive approach to digital privacy policy, with the collaboration of a Privacy Working Group. Members of the City’s Privacy Working Group will provide an update regarding the City’s approach to digital privacy on December 6th to City Council’s Smart Cities and Service Improvements Committee.

The City intends to further centralize digital privacy policy development through the establishment of City-wide principles, which will serve as guidelines when developing policy for specific smart city use cases. The City is taking a three-pronged approach to digital privacy policy development: establishing an internal Privacy Working Group; engaging a Privacy Advisory Taskforce comprised of business, nonprofit and community stakeholders; and, a meaningful community engagement process. Each of these efforts will work concurrently to help inform the City’s overall approach to digital privacy.

Digital Privacy Working Group

The Digital Privacy Working Group was established in May 2018 and meets monthly. The Digital Privacy Working Group will continue to engage a broad range of internal City staff and external partners on an ad-hoc basis. Kip Harkness, Deputy City Manager, serves as the Privacy Working Group's executive sponsor. Members of the City’s Privacy Working group are below.

  • Kip Harkness, Deputy City Manager, serves as the executive sponsor
  • Shireen Santosham, Chief Innovation Officer, Office of the Mayor
  • Rob Lloyd Chief Information Officer, Information Technology Department
  • Judi Torrico, Deputy Director, Technical Services, San Jose Police Department
  • Liz Klotz, Deputy City Attorney, Office of the City Attorney
  • Marcelo Peredo, Chief Information Security Officer, Information Technology Department
  • VACANT (Innovations Manager San Jose Public Library)
  • Keshav Gupta, IoT Lead, Office of the City Manager
  • J. Guevara, Privacy and Broadband Policy Manager, Office of the City Manager

Additional members will be added at the discretion of the Privacy Working Group.

Digital Privacy Advisory Taskforce

The City of San José has established a Digital Privacy Advisory Taskforce of comprised of business, nonprofit and community members to validate and provide input on the development of the City’s digital privacy principles and digital privacy use cases. Additional members may be added to the Taskforce, although not to exceed 10 members in total. Members will serve a 1-year term.

The Taskforce will meet quarterly and hold its initial meeting on November 27, 2018 at 11:30 am. Additional details regarding the establishment of the Taskforce, as well as the agenda for the initial meeting can be found below.

Privacy Advisory Taskforce Members:

  • Victor Sin, Chair of the Santa Clara Valley Chapter, ACLU of Northern California
  • Roxana Marachi, San Jose Silicon Valley NAACP
  • Heather Patterson, Senior Research Scientist, Intel Labs & Privacy Scholar at NYU
  • Michelle Finneran Dennedy, Chief Privacy Officer, Cisco & Adjunct Faculty, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Bob Lim, Vice President Information Technology & Chief Information Officer, San José State University
  • Irina Raicu, Director, Internet Ethics, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University
  • James Randol, Retired San José Police Department Captain
  • Mike Shapiro, Chief Privacy Officer, Santa Clara County

Community Engagement

The Digital Privacy Working Group, in consultation with CivicMakers, the City’s digital privacy community engagement consultant, has begun to establish an approach for meaningful and effective community engagement. The City’s formal engagement will begin in December 4, 2018 to further identify the most effective approach to engaging the San José community as policy is developed. The overall approach and identification of stakeholders, will continue through the end of the year and presented to the Smart Cities and Service Improvements Committee on December 6, 2018.

Agenda: December 4, 2018

Digital Privacy Advisory Taskforce

Meets: Quarterly
Location: City Hall
Number of Members: 10
Member Term: 1 year
Staff Contact: J. Guevara, (408) 535-8123

Agendas and Minutes

 Agendas Time Location  Minutes Meeting Documents
 November 27, 2018  11:30am  City Hall Tower, T-1734  November 27,2018 N/A
 February 14, 2019  2:00pm  City Hall Tower, T-1654
 February 14, 2019 N/A
 April 10, 2019
2:00pm  City Hall Tower, T-1753  April 10, 2019 N/A
 August 14, 2019 - CANCELLED 2:00pm  City Hall Tower, T-550  N/A N/A 
 October 9, 2019  2:00pm  City Hall Tower, T-1047