To ensure civic participation, privacy should be a top concern. Consumers expect the privacy and security of their data. And the government should not violate federal privacy, data security and wiretap laws well as corresponding rules applicable to government agencies. Numerous federal and state laws require government to maintain both the confidentiality and the protection of certain data, so IT solutions must be "government ready" by these criteria. Ensuring the privacy and security of data will increase consumer confidence and trust in the way data is handled by government and non-government actors alike. We cannot gamble public trust on IT solutions that have an open door to bad actors or that have unnecessary risks that would lead to even lower levels of civic engagement.
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