21st Century Data Protection: Achieving New Safeguards While Promoting Data Accessibility

  • February 04, 2021
  • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Online

21st Century Data Protection: Achieving New Safeguards While Promoting Data Accessibility

Thursday, February 4, 2021, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

ONLINE Webinar

The prevalence of data in our society alongside calls for increasing access and use pose challenges to efforts that also pledge confidentiality and protection of sensitive information. Yet recognizing and realizing the value of this information means ongoing attention is needed to the practices, protocols, and protections for guarding confidential and sensitive data about individuals and businesses.

As the federal government advances the Federal Data Strategy, it must address the need to address emerging risks of re-identification, develop, and promote new strategies for maintaining confidentiality and data privacy, all while also providing appropriate access to federal data assets.  What guidance do agencies need as they evaluate the sensitivity of their data assets? How should agencies conduct risk assessments for de-identified data? What are appropriate data protection programs, and how should agencies simultaneously promote openness and privacy?

The discussion was lead by leading experts who are developing emerging standards to help ensure our public data is protected. 


  • Michael Hawes, Chair Confidentiality and Data Access Committee, Census Bureau
  • Maggie Levenstein, Director, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR); Executive Director, Michigan Federal Statistical Research Data Center, University of Michigan
  • Quentin Brummet, Senior Research Methodologist, NORC at the University of Chicago


2022 Datum Awards Recipients 

Data Innovation Award (Sponsored by DLT Solutions)

  • Mike Willis, Associate Director, Office of Data Science and Innovation, Division of Economic and Risk Analysis, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Political Leadership Award (Sponsored by Workiva)
  • Senator Brian Schatz, U.S. Senate

Federal Chief Data Officer Award (Sponsored by Deloitte)
  • Samuel "Chris" Haffer, Ph.D., Chief Data Officer, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Federal Customer Experience Official Award (sponsored by Informatica)
  • Barbara Morton, Deputy Chief Veterans Experience Officer, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Federal Chief Evaluation Officer Award
  • Matthew Soldner, Ph.D., Chief Evaluation Officer & Commissioner, National Center for Education Evaluation, U.S. Department of Education

Federal Statistical Official Award

  • Shelly Wilkie Martinez, Senior Statistician, U.S. Office of Management and Budget & Former Executive Director, U.S. Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking



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