David Eaves: Attaining Transparency Doesn't Mean Trampling Privacy
Some people look at this as an open data argument, he writes, but Eaves believes that this is an issue of personable identifiable data and when that data should be used—and how. In regards to The Journal News example, people were enraged with the decision to publish the information—to the point of death threats. The debate in this instance, he argues, does not rest on the availability of open data but on the use of that data and whether it infringes on individual privacy rights. He says that the two debates often overlap, which is troublesome for the open data movement. While he believes there should be less closed-door policies on what we are allowed access to, he also notes that, "no one ever gave anyone a blank check to make any and everything open. I don’t expect my personal healthcare or student record to be downloadable by anyone—I suspect you don’t either." As he explains at the end of the article, these debates are going to become increasingly important in the future and we can expect to be having many more of them.
Eaves is an expert on public policy, strategy, open government, negotiation, and collaboration. Eaves' talks on technology and transparency are highly requested by business executives, student groups, and government agencies alike. He has written for The Globe and Mail and The Toronto Star, and contributed chapters to books such as O'Reilly Media's Open Government. He is also an influential blogger.