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 Litigation
In several recent court cases, corporate IT representatives have incorrectly testified under oath that their company positively had or did not have certain potentially relevant documents or other data. When the truth was revealed in court that their...
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...
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...
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 and Stability
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In recent years, the number of information professions and careers has grown dramatically. Among these additions to the field are chief knowledge officer, strategic information specialist, imaging specialist, taxonomist, metadata...
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 of Important Records
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Enterprise content management, data privacy, Sarbanes-Oxley internal controls, and e-mail mismanagement are all high-profile, hot topics that have garnered the interest of senior-level management--topics that have increased...
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 2006
Americans demand security and privacy for their personally identifiable information. The establishment of new technology systems that allow for the easy access and transference of personally identifiable data between parties has raised concerns on...
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...
E-Records May End Fraud
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 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...
Get Smart! about Intellectual Property
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 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...
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...
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 Issues
A 15-year-old boy disassembles his new paintball- gun after using it. His friends hear a hissing sound and then a "pop." The carbon dioxide container that powered the paintball gun detached and struck the teenager above his eye, causing a frontal head...
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...
Ready for Anything? Preparation Is the Key to Success, Security
Be 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 name in the...
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...
SOX Compliance Costs U.K. Firms
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 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...
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...