Information Management

Professional journal on records and information management.

Articles from Vol. 40, No. 1, January/February

A 30(b)(6) Can Sink Your Ship
Good records management policies and knowledge of the law will help records managers keep their companies afloat in the face of possible litigationIn several recent court cases, corporate IT representatives have incorrectly testified under oath that...
Americans Concerned about Medical Privacy, Survey Finds
Despite new federal protections, 67 percent of Americans are worried about the privacy of their personal health information and are largely unaware of their rights. Moreover, many consumers may be putting their health at risk with such behaviors as avoiding...
Cell Phone Records for Sale
For as little as $100, anyone can buy your cell phone records online.BestPeopleSearch.com, for example, advertises the sale of cell phone records, claiming that the information is uncovered by private investigators. Locatecell.com also sells cell phone...
CIOs: Information Program Leaders in Transition
Chief information officers have a lot to learn from records and information management professionals. The two professions must work together to provide leadership, innovation, and sound information management practices to benefit their companies' growth...
CONDITION CRITICAL: Developing Records Retention Schedules
Hot topics in the records management field warrant a new look at old retention schedules or the need to build a well-planned, comprehensive retention schedule. This ongoing process requires thought, planning, and documentation to ensure the proper maintaining...
Congress Assesses Data Security Proposals
A number of bills have been introduced in the Senate and House, but no further action is expected until later in 2006Americans demand security and privacy for their personally identifiable information. The establishment of new technology systems that...
Corporations Seek to Seal Divorce Records
According to The National Law Journal, U.S. courts are receiving more requests to seal divorce records - requests from corporations, not couples.Divorce lawyers say corporations, along with the rich and powerful, are increasingly asking judges to seal...
E-Records May End Fraud
Only a small percentage of the estimated 4 billion Healthcare claims submitted annually in the United States are fraudulent, but the total cost of fraudulent or improper claims is substantial.The National Healthcare Anti-Fraud Association estimates that...
Get Smart! about Intellectual Property
Over the past 50 years, there has been a meteoric rise in claims to intellectual property around the globe. In fact, intellectual property has in many ways become the foundation of some economies. Since the existence of and rights surrounding intellectual...
Higher Ed Fights FCC Wiretap Order
According to The New York Times, The American Council on Education (ACE), an association of universities and colleges, recently filed an appeal in federal court challenging a September 23, 2005 order issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)...
Market Place
New Products & Industry AnnouncementsNew Toolset Monitors ComplianceInvenioWorks has released KeepTrack for Microsoft SharePoint products and technologies. KeepTrack is a toolset that addresses records management and compliance requirements for companies....
Product Liability: Retention and Risk Management Solutions
Records managers should take the lead in developing a cross-functional team to prepare for possible product liability litigation issuesA 15-year-old boy disassembles his new paintball gun after using it. His friends hear a hissing sound and then a "pop."...
Readers Pay by the Page
Amazon.com customers can now purchase books by the page. With its new "Amazon Pages" service, Amazon lets customers buy portions of a book for online viewing. A second program, "Amazon Upgrade," will offer full online access when a traditional text is...
Ready for Anything? Preparation Is the Key to Success, Security
A Message from the EditorsBe Prepared. That's the lesson the Boys Scouts learn, and it's a good one for records and information management (RIM) professionals, too - especially in this litigious age. Lack of preparation and knowledge can land your organization's...
Re-Writing the Book
Wyeth Research improves efficiency through BookFactoryLife was very different two years ago for Barry Malone, Wyeth Research's manager for Global Records Coordination and Archives. One of his responsibilities was coordinating the management of laboratory...
Small Firms Seek Different SOX Rules
According to a recent U.S. survey, almost half of all small companies say that the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) has made it more difficult for them to conduct business.The study, commissioned by financial and business management solution provider SAP America...
SOX Compliance Costs U.K. Firms
According to Accenture, Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) regulations cost U.K. businesses $1 million per $1 billion of revenue. The good news is that second- and third-year compliance costs could be 30 to 40 percent lower than first-year costs if companies did the...
Tech Leaders Release E-Health Roadmap
Chief executives of the United States' leading high-tech companies say that building a networked healthcare system is a national imperative and called on policymakers, U.S. businesses, and Healthcare providers to develop the policies, standards, and...
Who Should Control the World Wide Web?
The United States has retained its crown as king of the World Wide Web, but only after a long and, at times, contentious struggle with the rest of the world.During the World Summit on the Information Society held in Tunisia in November, negotiators from...