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SB 1845, if passed, would modify the Government Code (Section 1, Subchapter B, Chapter 2054) to allow the Department of Information Resources to employ a data coordinator. This data coordinator would be given a variety of tasks including improving control of information security, promoting the sharing of information between agencies, and reducing information collection costs. The data coordinator would also be tasked with improving coordination and security among the state agencies involved. The final section of SB 1845 includes a subsection which requires that state agencies cooperate with the data coordinator.
Cybersecurity is a legitimate concern of the state, and an area in which the statute is likely to require adaptation at a fairly regular basis. We see no problem with either the goal of increased coordination between state agencies, or the means proposed by SB 1845. The state holds a good deal of private information that, if accessed by people with bad intentions, could lead to identity theft or other things deleterious to taxpayers. As such we support SB 1845.