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Portland continues to be a national leader by prioritizing data privacy and digital equity in its Smart City work.
The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s (BPS) Smart City PDX (SCPDX) program, in collaboration with Mayor Ted Wheeler’s office and the Office of Equity and Human Rights (OEHR), proposed a new set of guidelines to Portland City Council today to help protect private and sensitive data managed by the City of Portland. The Citywide Privacy and Information Protection Principles resolution was approved with a unanimous vote.
“These privacy and information protection principles emerged from the need to build trust with communities and across City agencies around data and information management,” said Mayor Ted Wheeler. “We are building the next generation of digital public services, services we will strive to make available to all Portlanders while minimizing risk and maximizing benefits.”
Why are these principles important for Portland?
In this new data-driven age, communities are more vulnerable to misuse of data, particularly marginalized communities. These principles highlight the importance of safeguards that guide City practices. Robust privacy and information protection are cornerstones for building trust across organizations and people. They are also an important foundation for developing policies to guide the City’s use of technologies such as Artificial Intelligence.
“This resolution is an example of community centered governing. The world of data and technology is quickly transforming the ways in which we travel, work, shop, receive medical care, basically everything in our daily lives,” said Commissioner Amanda Fritz, who championed the resolution as Commissioner-in-Charge of the Office of Equity and Human Rights. “As local government, it is our civic duty to strike a balance between granting Portlanders easier access to key City services while upholding each person’s right to privacy.”
Resolving complex issues that Portland faces, like homelessness, traffic congestion and people’s mobility, transition to clean energy, and safe spaces for all may require the collaboration of multiple agencies and community organizations to exchange data. Without clear policies, procedures and resources dedicated to managing information using modern standards, this type of agile, responsible data use won’t be possible.
“Our City government collects data and information for different purposes—like when residents pay water bills or book classes through the Parks bureau,” said OEHR Director Dr. Markisha Smith. “We need to assure access to services for underserved communities without creating new harms or exacerbating existing harms.”
Developing these principles involved City staff from the Mayor’s office, Smart City PDX, Office for Community Technology, information security, legal and equity teams, and experts involved in privacy efforts at the City of Seattle and City of Oakland. After the first draft was ready last year, it took several months to get feedback from community members, technical advisory bodies and all bureaus, resulting in the draft resolution submitted to City Council.
“The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has a history of working across multiple City agencies and with our community to address Portland’s biggest, most complex challenges, from climate change to housing affordability,” said BPS Director Andrea Durbin. “We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with our SCPDX partners to design a more equitable digital future.”
Now that Portland City Council has approved the resolution, BPS and OEHR staff will work with other City of Portland bureaus to implement the principles. Staff will identify both short-term and long-term procedures needed for implementation. They will work to create and review policies needed to support practices aligned with the Privacy and Information Protection Principles. Implementation will also include determining necessary staff and budget, putting the principles in place as part of a Citywide data governance strategy for City operations. Ensuring community involvement in the development of these procedures and policies will be central to the work.
Media contact: Christine Llobregat, 503-823-7007
Say no to unnecessary take-out items because these items belong in the garbage
There are new garbage rates and schedule changes for residential customers.
Garbage bills are changing
Portland City Council approved a garbage and recycling bill increase in May to cover higher fees for processing yard debris and food scraps and a surcharge for the voter-approved Portland Clean Energy Fund. Rates for most customers will go up by 2% to 3% beginning July 1, 2019. That is approximately $.75 more per month.
Curbside collection schedules
The 2019-2020 Garbage Collection Schedule is out! Portland residents are sent one of two versions (orange or purple) based on street address because garbage and recycling company routes vary around the city. Find your schedule at www.garbagedayreminders.com.
As a reminder, there are no schedule changes for holidays, except two twice a year – Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. That means collection takes place as usual on July 4 for Thursday customers.
Property owners in the Columbia Corridor and on Hayden Island are invited to talk with City planners about the Environmental Overlay Zone Map Correction Project at drop-in hours in July.
The Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is in the process of correcting ezone maps around the city. Ezones are a tool to help protect natural resources, such as rivers, streams, wetlands and wildlife habitat in Portland.
The Environmental Overlay Zone Map Correction Project team is now reviewing the ezones in the Columbia Corridor and on Hayden Island. Property owners and other interested community members are invited to talk with City planners about changes to the ezones maps during drop-in hours at the Multnomah County Drainage District, 1880 NE Elrod Drive, on:
Staff will have online maps for you to look at and can talk about how the project may affect your property.
The Environmental Overlay Zone Map Correction Project will correct the boundaries of the conservation (c) and protection (p) overlay zones to match the locations of rivers, streams, wetlands, floodplains, forests, steep slopes and wildlife habitat. Project staff started work in areas near Johnson Creek, then expanded to the northeast neighborhoods. This spring the project focused on the Northwest and Southwest Hills. Work on ezones is now underway in the Columbia Corridor.
We expect the environmental overlay zones will only change slightly on most properties. But some properties may have expanded ezones; others may have smaller ones. You can learn more in a self-guided presentation.
You can use the Ezone Review Map to look up your property. This map will tell you what kinds of environmental overlays apply now and what are proposed to change. You can also request a site visit through the Ezone Review Map, and staff will come to your property to review the data.