March 20, 2007 By Wayne Hanson
As a result, Texas county clerks stopped providing public access to government information until they could determine how to redact such information.
Then, according to today's Austin American-Statesman the Texas Legislature passed bills exempting clerks from liability for releasing private information. Now Texas Rep. Carl Isett says the Legislature has ignored citizen privacy and Isett has authored a bill -- HB 59 -- to protect privacy.
The bill states that a non-governmental business may not require a biometric identifier, and puts in new requirements and stipulations on the display or dissemination of Social Security numbers.
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.