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Startup Policy Lab receives funding to help tech startups navigate law enforcement data requests and protect user privacy

SAN FRANCISCO, November 3rd, 2015STARTUP POLICY LAB, a tech nonprofit focused on innovation in government, today announced funding from the Knight Foundation’s Prototype Grant for its legal operations tool Canaree aims to simplify law enforcement data requests for startups while protecting user privacy.

Tech companies are seeing an increase in law enforcement data requests from government agencies around the world. But startups lack the money, time, or expertise to navigate these requests. Transparency reports by larger companies provide direction, but the lack of industry standards obstructs transparency -- making it difficult for small companies and their users to know how government entities collect and use their data.

“The Knight Foundation is a leader in tackling some of the most profound challenges society faces at the intersection of technology and policy, especially as it relates to data, transparency, and openness. We are honored to be a part of the program.” says Charles Belle, founder and CEO of Startup Policy Lab. “The Prototype Fund will support the development of Canaree and a new approach to legal operations while supporting transparency through better industry practices. Alongside support from partners Runway Incubator and the Stanford Center for Internet and Society (CIS), and collaboration with the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), Canaree is positioned to have great impact on the data request process and in helping startups and governments around the country.”

Canaree is currently live in a beta web version. Site updates and new features will be introduced over the six-month grant period. Startups can sign up to participate in the beta via the website at For media inquires or partnership requests, please contact Charles Belle at


Startup Policy Lab (SPL) is a tech nonprofit working at the intersection of technology and government. A modern day think tank and policy hack shop; SPL bridges the gap between startups and policymakers through education, tools, and events, and through The Policy Series, a discussion series featuring policymakers in technology. Past speakers include Miguel Gamino, CIO of San Francisco; Travis LeBlanc, Chief, Enforcement Bureau, FCC; and Lisa Ellman, co-chair of Hogan Lovell’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Group. SPL is headquartered in San Francisco, CA with chapters in Washington, D.C., Chicago, and New York. Learn more at



Charles Belle

Startup Policy Lab Programming Director