Test your redaction skills and earn a chance to win a prize

City employees who work with data often face the challenge of finding the balance between openness and confidentiality. On one hand, employees must support government’s commitment to openness, transparency and accountability. On the other hand, we must protect private information.

The City has a lot of resources in place to help you with requests for data. Familiarize yourself with the City Clerk’s data practices page on CityTalk and this list of frequently asked questions. The most important thing to remember: If you receive a request for documents, records or information maintained by the City, send it to your department’s data practices liaison.

You can test your knowledge of government data privacy protections with the Data Practices Redaction Challenge. It’s an example of a data practice request. Redact information in the example that should not be released, and you’ll be eligible for a prize. The Data Practices Redaction Challenge is part of the follow-up to the City’s recent National Data Privacy Day event.

Directions for taking the Data Practices Redaction Challenge

  1. Open the Data Practices Redaction Challenge document.
  2. Redact any information that is classified as not public. You may either print the document and redact a physical copy by blacking out the non-public information, or, if you have access, use a program such as Adobe Acrobat Pro to redact electronically. You’ll get bonus points for providing the statutory citations with your redactions. You can find the full text of the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act here.  
  3. Submit your entry by Friday, Feb. 12. Return your redacted document to the City Clerk’s Office, City Hall Room 304, or email it to records@minneapolismn.gov with the subject line “Redaction Challenge.” Be sure to include your name and contact information with your submission so you can receive feedback and be eligible for a prize.

Published Feb 9, 2016

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