Data Privacy in the Information Age

Data Privacy in the Information Age

Data Privacy in the Information Age

Data Privacy in the Information Age

Synopsis

Passage of the European Data Protection Directive and other national laws have increased the need for companies and other entities to improve their data protection and privacy controls. Clients, stakeholders, and the public are clamoring for it. Klosek introduces the various legal means to protect personal data in the United States and the European Union, targeting her book at American and international businesses that may have difficulty complying with the European Directive. She explains its main elements and practical effects, presents primary components of national privacy laws abroad and in the United States, and gives advice on some steps companies can take to improve the level of protection they afford to the data they possess.

Excerpt

In recent years, the advent of a number of technological advances, including the Internet, has raised new concerns about the protection of the privacy of personal information. While it is true that individuals have long had reasons to be concerned about the privacy of their personal information, the wide availability and use of electronic networks have augmented the ease with which personal data can circulate. This, in turn, may be increasing the likelihood that personal data may be misused or even abused.

One of the most important factors contributing to the apparently growing concern about the protection of personal information appears to be the Internet. The Internet has allowed individuals around the world to become more interconnected and has facilitated the rapid exchange of information between people separated by large physical distances. While such exchange of information certainly has a number of benefits, it also has a number of risks including, notably, the fact that individuals' personal data can be circulated to a very large audience.

While the Internet is clearly a source of useful information for individuals, it is also a large source of information about individuals. The Internet is a highly interactive medium and many web sites require or at least request the insertion of personal information. Through online sales forms, information requests, contest entries and other mechanisms, web sites often collect a great deal of information about the people who visit . . .

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