UW Privacy Office


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UW Privacy Office staff members are happy to present on various privacy topics. Please submit your request to uwprivacy@uw.edu.

EU GDPR for Researchers Workshop Sessions

  • Wednesday, July 15, 2020 from 2 – 3 p.m. via Zoom

By invitation only – RSVP required.  Sessions with no RSVPs 24 hours in advance of session will be cancelled.

To request a future virtual (Zoom) session, please send an email to uwprivacy@uw.edu.  A member of the UW Privacy office staff will reply and coordinate scheduling going forward.

Personal Data Processing Agreement Online Training

The Personal Data Processing Agreement (PDPA) supports the UW’s values of integrity, diversity, excellence, collaboration, innovation and respect. It sets forth the UW’s expectations for protecting University Personal Data and managing privacy related risk when the UW is contracting with third parties.

View the PDPA Online Training videos to determine whether a PDPA is required, understand how to complete a PDPA and utilize the self-help resources, and if needed get help from the UW Privacy Office  (closed captioning available). For more information about the PDPA, see the PDPA webpage.

Twenty-eight prior PDPA information sessions were held December 2018 – September 2020

Held Previously:

Data Breach Notification Requirement Session

  • Tuesday, January 14, 2020 from 1:00 – 2:00 in Odegaard 220

Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis

The State of Washington recently modified its data breach notification law. Washington isn’t the only state making changes. Come learn how data breach notification requirements have changed and what to do if your department experiences a potential or actual breach of personal data.

Prior sessions:

  • Wednesday, June 19, 2019 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., Gerberding Hall 142
  • Thursday, November 7, 2019 from 2:00 – 3:00 in Odegaard 220

2020 Data Privacy Day Session – January 28, 2020

  • Tuesday, January 28, 2020 from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Odegaard Library, Room 220

No RSVP required, but space is limited, available on a first-come/first-served basis

Join us on Thursday, January 28 as we honor International Data Privacy Day, an annual effort to elevate the protection of privacy and data as everyone’s responsibility.

Session Agenda:

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Privacy Trends and Issues – Ann Nagel, AVP/Institutional Privacy Official, UW Privacy Office

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Two Faces of Artificial Intelligence – Annie Searle, The Information School

Artifical intelligence (AI) has been with us since 1965, when a computer figured out how to beat humans at checkers.  AI is now embedded in many commonly used applications.  But AI has two faces.  We’ll examine a range of AI applications as well as proposed codes of ethics, and government research investments by the U.S. and China.

Annie Searle is a senior lecturer at The Information School at the University of Washington, where she teaches courses on risk management, cybersecurity, and information management.


Privacy Impacts of IT Log Data, presented by Lee Imrey (Splunk)

Friday, November 15 from 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Lee spoke to us about the evolution of privacy in today’s increasingly data-centric and data-inundated world, exploring how attitudes toward privacy are changing, and how laws are developing which balance our need for privacy with our businesses’, governments’ and other groups’ hunger for information. Participants discussed options and implications of monitoring IT log data.

Personal Privacy and Digital Wellness Sessions 

(Prior sessions held January & October 2018, October 2019)

The resources listed below were shared at  prior “Personal Privacy and Digital Wellness” sessions (updated as of 10-1-2019).  Many of these same resources were shared during a combined presentation with the Office of the Chief Information Security Officer to members of the UW Retirement Association in a session entitled: “Security Tools and Tactics to Support Digital Wellness” held on Friday, October 19, 2018 from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

EU General Data Protection Regulation Information Sessions

(Three sessions held in 2018)

Presented for those who collect, use, or manage information about individuals who live in the European Union. New personal data protections were implemented May 25, 2018 under the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR) will impact multiple areas of UW operations with data on students, employees, alumni, human subjects, etc. who live in the EU.

UW resources were presented for the following European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation requirements:

    • Registering personal data use
    • Providing notice to individuals about the collection and use of personal data
    • Obtaining consent from individuals in certain circumstances
    • Tracking or monitoring individuals’ website activity
    • Reporting incidents or data breaches