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Join us for comprehensive education, networking, and professional development. URISA and the IAAO partner together each year to provide a conference that assists assessment and appraisal professionals in visualizing how they can work more effectively through the use of technology.  Join us March 19/22, 2018  for the 22nd annual conference in Houston, Texas

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Monday, March 19 • 8:30am - 5:00pm
Public Data, Public Access, Privacy, and Security: U.S. Law and Policy

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Public Data, Public Access, Privacy, and Security: U.S. Law and Policy
Monday, March 19, 2018

Instructor: Kim McDonough, GISP, Senior IT Manager, Tennessee Department of Transportation

As data distribution capacities increase, there is increasing tension between access to public records as a foundation of a free society, citizen expectations of confidentiality, and protection of public security. There are instances where land records are impacted by state or federal records laws. This workshop is will help land record managers to know if their data may have legal limitations on how and where it can be distributed.

  • What data are subject to Freedom of Information laws?
  • What about privacy restrictions and homeland security concerns?
  • Can a government raise revenue (or defray maintenance costs) by charging market prices for the data?
  • What about liability for data errors?


This workshop will focus on the critical legal issues and the policy options they frame. Specific topics include:

  • State and federal Freedom of Information laws
  • State and federal informational privacy laws
  • Secrecy and homeland security protections
  • Balancing public access, privacy, and secrecy
  • Data sales vs. data access
  • Protecting ownership and minimizing liability
  • Policy and technical considerations

Intended Audience:
This workshop is intended for Assessors, Recorders, public sector managers, policy professionals, database developers, administrators, and GIS professionals.

Workshop Instructors
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Kim McDonough, GISP

Senior IT Manager, GIS, Tennessee Department of Transportation

Monday March 19, 2018 8:30am - 5:00pm CDT
Dogwood, 3rd Floor