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SB 272 Enterprise System Catalog

Open Data - California Senate Bill 272

Approved on October 11, 2015, SB 272 adds a section to the California Public Records Act requiring local agencies to create a catalog of Enterprise Systems by July 1, 2016 with annual updates.


Enterprise System

A software application or computer system that collects, stores, exchanges and analyzes information that the agency uses that is both of the following:  

 - A multi-departmental system or a system that contains information collected about the public.

 - A system that serves as an original source of data within an agency.


An Enterprise System does not include any of the following:

 - Information Technology security systems, including firewalls and other cybersecurity systems.

 - Physical access control systems, employee identification management systems, video monitoring and other        physical control systems.

 - Infrastructure and mechanical control systems, including those that control or manage street lights, electrical, 
   natural gas or water or sewer functions.

 - Systems related to 911 dispatch and operation or emergency services.

 - Systems that would be restricted from disclosure by Section 6254.19.

 - The specific records that the information technology system collects, stores, exchanges or analyzes.



1.  Create a catalog of enterprise systems, containing:

     - Current system vendor

     - Current system product

     - System's purpose

     - A description of categories or types of data

     - The department that is the prime custodian of the data

     - The frequency that system data is collected

     - The frequency that system data is updated

2.  To make the catalog publicly available upon request

3.  To post the catalog in a prominent location on the agency's website.



If the public interest served by not disclosing information described clearly outweighs the public interest served by disclosure, the local agency may instead provide a system name, brief title or identifier of the system.