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  • As people across the country witnessed the historic launch of Obamacare and a new affordable health insurance marketplace, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) quietly launched a new system that will collect clinical health data to help state, local and federal officials perform critical research and surveillance to support public health programs.
  • The rideshare company is among entities that have joined Communities Against Rider Surveillance (CARS) and are opposing Mobility Data Specification, a technology used by Los Angeles and other government entities.
  • The effort has raised questions about patient privacy and whether the state is doing enough to inform consumers about how their data will be used.
  • A new state law that went into effect this month forces California cities, counties and other local agencies to post an inventory online of their enterprise computer systems that collect public data.
    California lawmakers on Tuesday pressed for details about how the auto industry is safeguarding data and consumer privacy as cars increasingly become “computers on wheels.”
  • Data is transforming the way we work and play — learn how policy can spur more innovation in this area. We live in a data-filled society. Social media, Web browsers, mobile devices and vehicles collect it; governments collect it and share it with constituents; programmers use it to create apps and maps and websites that make it easier for the average Joe to digest and use.
  • Led by Chair Ed Chau, the California Assembly Select Committee on Privacy conducted a hearing today on the collecting, sharing and tracking of personal information on-line and in the mobile app ecosystem. Industry advocates discouraged new "static" state laws that might inadvertently stifle the fast moving, innovative and growing mobile app economy, while consumer groups advocated for laws that protected a user’s right to know what personal information is being shared, how it will be used, and having a right to meaningfully opt out of data collection.
  • The Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development has beefed up its data skills and recently migrated hospital financial data from a legacy mainframe to a modern data collection solution.
    Californians begin the new year with improved privacy protections in state law intended to shield their personal information stored online and in state databases. It continues lawmakers’ push to protect Californians' personal information collected by both businesses and state agencies.
  • New legislation approved as Department of Justice launches data collection platform for 'use of-force' reporting.
  • An address on a cable contract, the location of a cellphone, a store purchase or a simple Internet search for a vacation spot. All of that information about a consumer can be unknowingly collected and sold by businesses — at least for now.
  • The position calls for someone versed in automation, data collection and interpretation, and information technology issues. Desired experience includes dealing with federal and state agencies, the state Legislature, lobbyists, financial institutions, attorneys, county governments, media organizations and vendors.
    The California Health Data Project team is exploring the feasibility of crowdsourcing human services data statewide so that application developers can query data from a single database and allow those apps to be scaled across the state of California.
  • Collecting more data about student outcomes would — and should — be a precursor to more accountability for everyone involved in education. On this issue, fortunately, Gov. Gavin Newsom deviates from his predecessor.
  • State lawmakers are considering a bill that would force cities and counties to conduct inventories of the systems used to collect and store government data.
    The California State Water Resources Control Board this week published a Request for Information (RFI) seeking to identify alternatives for a water quality information management solution that will automate business processes, collect data, and support evaluation of critical operations through reporting applications and analysis tools.
  • The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has released an updated map of broadband availability across the United States, according to information posted by Anne Neville, director of the State Broadband Initiative.
  • Since being launched 15 months ago, the Franchise Tax Board’s Enterprise Data to Revenue (EDR) project has collected more than $128 million for the state budget, according to a press release from CGI, the lead IT firm working on the project.
  • The event, called the Sac2050 Quality of Life Civic Datathon, will put participants in groups to collect, clean and publish data sets that eventually could be used to make a dashboard.
  • It is difficult to find anyone who's not experiencing the unprecedented ease and increase with which data is collected and recorded and the myriad ways that data can be used and misused. For this reason, individuals should all become their own data architects, according to a pair of IT leaders from UCLA.
  • They're not out of the statehouse yet, but two pieces of proposed legislation that would impact orientation data collection and consumer privacy have made their way to the California State Assembly Committee on Appropriations.
  • The global data explosion is well documented. In November 2018, IDC predicted that by 2025, worldwide data creation would grow to 163 zettabytes -- a zettabyte is equal to a trillion gigabytes.
  • California lawmakers focused this last legislative session on keeping personal data collected by state and local agencies away from the federal government. In the coming year, their attention is likely to turn to private companies and how they protect consumers' information.
  • The Employment Development Department is seeking information from IT vendors on replacing an automated data system that surveys the labor market.
  • The Board of Equalization today released its much anticipated request for proposal (RFP) to get started on the Centralized Revenue Opportunity System (CROS), according to Project Director Eric Steen. CROS will replace the legacy business tax collection system with a modern version that uses data to improve efficiencies, better detect fraud, enhance taxpayer services and ultimately collect more state revenues.
    A new state law that went into effect this month forces California cities, counties and other local agencies to post an inventory online of their enterprise computer systems that collect public data.
  • California is the leader when it comes to collecting DNA and is on the cutting edge of this technology. The Department of Justice (DOJ) DNA Laboratory is the 4th largest DNA data base in the world; first is the UK, second is the FBI, and third is China. California is the only state that collects DNA electronically at the Live Scan and then matches it with the sample when it is received at the DOJ lab. Statute expanded the State’s DNA Data Bank Program on January 1, 2009, all adults arrested for any felony offense must provide a buccal swab DNA sample, and thumb and palm print impressions for the State of California’s DNA Data Bank Program (Penal Code Section 296(a)(2)(C)). The DOJ has partnered with the local County jails and CDCR on implementation of the new automated process in order to keep up with the volume of samples that are required to be collected in California. "This effort truly demonstrated how multiple entities can effectively work together to improve public safety," said Joe Panora, Director of Enterprise Information Services (EIS) for the CDCR.
  • Several Bay Area politicians and epidemiologists say the most noteworthy thing about California’s public health data during this pandemic is its incompleteness and inaccessibility.
  • The five-year partnership will use an innovative new research field to collect mountains of data on earthquake activity for public safety applications.
  • San Diegans for Open Government alleges the city “illegally failed to disclose” public records it sought.