Government Information Sharing: Is Data Going Out of the Silos, Into the Mines?

January 01, 2015 by Stephanie Perrin, Jennifer Barrigar, Robert Gellman

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This research explores government sharing of personal information across ministries and services, or with the private sector for the provision of services. The report reviews material from many sources on government data sharing activities with a particular focus on privacy. There is no explicit or consensus framework for assessing or evaluating data sharing. While data sharing goes on in Canada it does so under the rather antique framework of public sector laws that ill equip privacy practitioners to deal with data mining realities of 2014. Meanwhile, there is ongoing discussion how or whether privacy expectations need adjustment to reflect the new reality of “big data”.