Smart Cities Need Smart Privacy Protections: FPF seeks public comments on proposed Open Data Risk Assessment for the City of Seattle


Action: Proposed draft report on conducting an Open Data Risk Assessment for the City of Seattle
Published: August 18, 2017
Comments due: October 2, 2017

The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) requests feedback from the public on the proposed City of Seattle Open Data Risk Assessment. In 2016, the City of Seattle declared in its Open Data Policy that the city’s data would be “open by preference,” except when doing so may affect individual privacy. To ensure its Open Data program effectively protects individuals, Seattle committed to performing an annual risk assessment and tasked FPF with creating and deploying an initial privacy risk assessment methodology for open data.

This Draft Report provides tools and guidance to the City of Seattle and other municipalities navigating the complex policy, operational, technical, organizational, and ethical standards that support privacy-protective open data programs. In the spirit of openness and collaboration, FPF invites public comments from the Seattle community, privacy and open data experts, and all other interested individuals and stakeholders regarding this proposed framework and methodology for assessing the privacy risks of a municipal open data program.

Following this period of public comment, a Final Report will assess the City of Seattle as a model municipality and provide detailed recommendations to enable the Seattle Open Data program’s approach to identify and address key privacy, ethical and equity risks, in light of the city’s current policies and practices.

How to Comment:

Please note that the comment period has closed as of Oct. 2, 2017

All timely and responsive public comments will be considered and will be made available on a publicly accessible FPF or City of Seattle website after the final report is published. Because comments will be made public to the extent practical, they should not include any sensitive or confidential information.

Interested parties may provide feedback in any of the following ways:

  • Publicly annotate, edit, or comment on the draft at
  • Email comments to [email protected].
  • Write by mail to:
    Future of Privacy Forum
    ATTN: Open Data Privacy
    1400 Eye Street NW
    Suite 450
    Washington, D.C.