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Recent Releases, Audits, Reports and Presentations

Governor, Attorney General and State Auditor Announce Appointments to the Newly Created Personal Privacy Oversight Commission – June 2021

Privacy Tip #289 – Lucky You if You Live in Utah
By the National Law Review
June 24, 2021

Auditor announces formation of commission to review Banjo contract with Utah
by Jennifer Weaver | KUTV2 News
Tuesday, June 9th 2020

USU data law expert named to state privacy commission
By Charlie Schill | Cache Valley Daily
June 20, 2021

Office of the State Auditor Completes FY 2020 Federal Funds Compliance Audit – June 2021

State Auditor Concerned About How Much Utah Spent During Pandemic
By Tyler Hewitt |  Utah Public Radio
June 11, 2021

State auditor worried about spending, warns Utah may be depending too much on federal money
By Mary Richards | KSL NewsRadio
June 11, 2021

How much Utah spent in federal COVID-19 money in 2020 — and why the state auditor is concerned
By Katie McKellar | Deseret News
June 10, 2021,

Office of the State Auditor Announces the Release of a Review of Banjo, Inc. and its Public Safety Application – March 2021

High-tech surveillance company Banjo was never able to do what it claimed, audit finds
By Art Raymond | Deseret News
Apr 14, 2021

Government audit of AI with ties to white supremacy finds no AI
By Khari Johnson | VentureBeat
April 5, 2021

Robert Gehrke: How Utah became a digital privacy leader, while making a few mistakes along the way
By Robert Gehrke | Salt Lake Tribune
April 4, 2021

State auditors find that Banjo oversold its surveillance tech to the Utah attorney general’s office
By Bethany Rodgers | Salt Lake Tribune
March 30, 2021

Review of Utah’s contract with Banjo, Inc. completed
By Addy Bink | ABC4 News
March 30, 2021

Audit: Banjo didn’t deliver promised services in 2019 Utah contract, but didn’t compromise personal info
By Jacob Klopfenstein | KSL.com
March 30, 2021

Utah State Auditor says Banjo’s claims inconsistent with reality
By Ben Winslow | Fox13
March 30, 2021

This surveillance startup got $20M for AI tech it didn’t have
By Mehreen Kasana | Input
March 30, 2021

PM News Brief: Banjo Contract
By KUER 90.1
March 30, 2021

Office of the State Auditor Releases an Analysis Report on NCAA Athletics Revenue Subsidization for Utah’s Degree-Granting Public Colleges and Universities – February 2021

Report shows more student and public money goes to athletics at USU than other public universities
by Bill Walter | CacheValleyDaily.com
February 25, 2021

Utah’s Universities And Colleges Subsidizing Their NCAA Programs (Podcast Min 3:55)
By KUER 90.1
February 25, 2021

Office of the State Auditor Announces the Release of Key Recommendations from the Commission on Protecting Privacy and Preventing Discrimination – February 2021

Banjo debacle begets new efforts to bolster Utahns’ personal privacy
By Art Raymond | Deseret News
February 2, 2021

Utah auditor issues recommendations to reduce bias in government software
By Benjamin Freed | StateScoop
February 2, 2021

Utah shares hard lessons on privacy, bias
By Susan Miller | GCN
February 01, 2021

Utah’s auditor recommends boost in digital privacy following Banjo controversy
By Ben Winslow | Fox13
February 01, 2021

In wake of Banjo controversy, auditor warns against expansive state deals with firms collecting personal data
By Leia Larsen | Salt Lake Tribune
February 1, 2021

Utah shares hard lessons on privacy, bias
By Susan Miller | GCN
February 1, 2021

Robert Gehrke: Utah can be the leader in digital privacy, just pass this bill
By Robert Gehrke | Salt Lake Tribune
January 27, 2021

Office of the State Auditor Releases Upgraded Transparent Utah Website – January 2021

Utah auditor unveils new, faster financial transparency portal
By Colin Wood | StateScoop
January 21, 2021