All Colorado residents deserve data privacy
The Campaign for Data Privacy for All is working to ensure all Colorado departments have strong data privacy protections to ensure that all Colorado residents’ personal information is safe. It is past time for Colorado to protect its residents—particularly those who trust Colorado government agencies with their personal information.
Why Fight for Data Privacy?
Deportation practices in the U.S. have been transformed by big data and surveillance. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) increasingly relies on big data and technology to conduct raids and deportations. As states, cities, and technology companies collect more and more data about all of us, DHS has been finding ways to access and stockpile our personal data and acquire new technologies to locate individuals and carry out its arrests and deportations. Data from state motor vehicle license and registration departments (DMVs) is one of the main sources of information that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) uses for conducting immigration enforcement. In an ideal world, the federal government would place regulations on how private and public entities across the nation are allowed to collect, store, and share data. However, the current reality is that personal data is being collected by local and state agencies as well as private companies, and federal agencies are gaining access to the data through formal and informal channels. Therefore, state governments have a vital role to play in stepping in to ensure that data is not collected unless necessary, not stored for longer than it needs to be, and not shared with any agency without a court warrant. This requires the Colorado legislature to step up to protect its residents. In Colorado we look to state and local political stakeholders to protect our communities, and we ask the Colorado legislature to take the steps to protect the data privacy of ALL Colorado residents.
State government agencies possess vast quantities of personal data on their residents. Inconsistent practices across Colorado state agencies have led to breaches in data privacy for Colorado residents. When this sensitive information is mishandled or shared, the consequences for residents’ personal privacy and freedom can be dire—from domestic violence survivors, health providers to civil rights activists. We need permanent policy solutions to ensure that state agencies are mandated to protect our personal information. During the pandemic that has disproportionately impacted communities of color and immigrant communities, Coloradans have been afraid of seeking services that protect the health and safety of all residents, due in part to concerns about data privacy. This includes parents seeking health care for their U.S. citizen children, and individuals of all statuses who seek a driver’s license. Taking basic steps to strengthen privacy protections in Colorado State agencies will help ensure that everyone can get the services they need (and for which they are eligible), and that drivers can be trained, licensed, and insured. The Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition and I Drive Coalition thank Governor Polis for signing Executive Guidance (read in English here, read in Spanish here) to state agencies on Data Privacy. This was an important first step to establish consistency within state agencies and quarterly reporting practices. We now need to strengthen those protections and make them permanent through legislation.
Tell your senators: Support Data Privacy for all!
May 10, 2021What's New at CIRC
We’re excited to announce that our bill SB-131 passed the House and Senate! This action alert is no longer live and is preserved for site history purposes. Our bill to protect personal identifying information kept by state agencies, SB131, will be moving through the Senate Appropriations Committee this week! Now we need your help by […]
Colorado lawmakers propose limiting state data-sharing
March 9, 2021In the News
9News Colorado senators plan to introduce a bill in next week’s legislative session that would protect personally identifying information Coloradans share with the state when accessing state agency services, according to the Colorado Immigration Rights Coalition (CIRC). The legislation aims to restore the trust between Colorado’s immigrant communities and the state, said CRIC. Continue Reading
Protect Coloradans’ Privacy and Keep Families Together
February 19, 2021What's New at CIRC
*Seguido en español abajo* All Coloradans have relied on services provided by our state government to help face the unprecedented health and economic crises caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Now more than ever, it’s critical that all Coloradans can trust that any personal information they provide to the state while accessing these vital services to […]
Emails Show Chummy Relationship Between ICE, Colorado DMV
February 12, 2021In the News
In June 2019, Jade Kominek, an investigative analyst with the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles, emailed an Immigration and Customs Enforcement employee to inquire about the immigration status of someone who was the subject of a DMV investigation
Immigration Advocates, Lawmakers, Community Leaders Call for Stronger Data Privacy Protections for Coloradans
February 11, 2021Press Release
For Immediate Release Contact: Ian Pham or 713-679-0948 Upcoming legislation will create consistent process for requests of personal information to be submitted, vetted, and granted when appropriate Denver, CO – Today, legislative leaders and immigrant community advocates announced their support for upcoming legislation that would protect the personal identifying information Coloradans share with the state when […]
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January 14, 2021
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Just Futures Report
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