Data privacy issues are intrinsic to the institutional data we collect about people: the students, faculty members, community citizens, parents, contractors, website visitors, and anyone who interacts with the university. Data handling practices shall be transparent and regulated in order for the institution to stay accountable for the legal, ethical, and secure handling of personal data.
Personal data is any information which can be used to distinguish or trace the identity of an individual alone, or when combined with other personal or identifying information which is linked or linkable to a specific individual. This includes protected health information such as a patient’s medical record or payment history (SYS 1040a).
At the University of Wisconsin-Madison all individuals have a responsibility to protect the privacy of our institutional data as required, and to manage it appropriately throughout the whole data lifecycle (UW-523). The Data Governance Council provides a forum for experts and campus representatives to pursue strategies to balance institutional data availability with privacy, compliance, and security.