Information Management

Professional journal on records and information management.

Articles from Vol. 38, No. 2, March-April

Canada's Privacy Law Faces Legal Challenge: If Canadian Courts Rule PIPEDA Unconstitutional and Strike It Down, the Ramifications for Canadian and Worldwide Businesses Will Be Profound
Just two days before key phases of Canada's national privacy law, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act PIPEDA), went into effect January 1, the Quebec Court of Appeal cleared the way for the province's attorney general to...
Competitive Intelligence and Records Managers
Information can be many things--strategic, timely, critical, accurate or inaccurate, fair or biased. Some of the most critical information an organization can possess is competitive in nature, pertaining to the organization's industry, market, products,...
Competitive Intelligence: Bridging Organizational Boundaries: Records Managers Are Perfectly Positioned to Ensure That the Appropriate Information Is Identified as Key Intelligence and Is Communicated Proactively to the Organization's Decision-Makers
At the Core This article * defines competitive intelligence (CI) * provides seven basic CI functions * discusses CI management * examines the relationship between RIM and CI Clearly, the functions and responsibilities of records management...
Competitive Intelligence Education: Competencies, Sources, and Trends: Nearly All Organizations Are Increasingly Using Competitive Intelligence (CI) in Their Business Marketing, Planning, and Strategizing; However, Formal Educational Offerings in CI Are Seriously Lacking
At the Core This article * assesses the state of education in competitive intelligence (CI) * examines what CI educational opportunities are available * outlines key trends in CI education Acquiring an education is easier to do in some...
Competitive Intelligence in Action: How Do Organizations Use Competitive Intelligence, and What Can It Mean to Their Success? Two Case Studies Illustrate Different Approaches and Results
At the Core This article * discuss the use of CI in two companies * examines the strategic use of internal information and records within the two firms * explores the effect of CI on each organization Competitive intelligence (CI) is...
Compliance Is Not Cheap, Companies Say
U.S. companies say complying with new rules stemming from the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and aimed at improving corporate accountability is costing them millions in both time and money. Additional regulations imposed by Congress and the Securities...
Cuba Restricts Citizens' Web Access
In Cuba, citizens can send and receive e-mail and surf a Cuban intranet, but they are barred from accessing the World Wide Web. President Fidel Castro's government says restricting access to the Internet is necessary in poor developing countries...
Cyber Extortion Targets Office Workers
In London, cyber blackmail artists looking to make an easy pound are threatening office workers via e-mail. Police said the criminals threaten to delete computer files or install pornographic images on an employee's PC unless he or she pays them a...
Electronic Records as Evidence: The Case for Canada's New Standard: When Canada's Electronic Records as Documentary Evidence Standard Is Released Later This Year, It Will Represent One Big Step for Electronic Records Everywhere
At the Core This article * examines Canada's Electronic Records as Documentary Evidence standard * provides some detail about the standard's structure and content * explores the future of this standard and related ones In Canada there...
Evidence of Destroyed Documents at Dairy Giant
Global dairy giant Parmalat SpA is in trouble over allegations of document destruction, forged signatures, and fictional finances. The Italian company's founder. Calisto Tanzi, was arrested on allegation of fraudulent bankruptcy and is under investigation...
Homeland Security Offers Alerts Warning of E-Mail Viruses
In January, the biggest computer worm thus far--dubbed "MyDoom"--hit e-mail servers hard: 1 in 12 e-mail accounts was affected. The worm, which appeared as an innocuous error message, clogged global e-mail traffic worldwide and even forced some companies...
How to Recycle or Retire Your Old PC
If you plan to replace your current personal computer system, don't just stick it in a closet or basement, and whatever you do, don't throw it away. So what to do with a PC that has outlived its usefulness? If it is less than five years old, donate...
Online Today, Gone Tomorrow
By the time a research report or publication goes to press, many of its references, in the form of footnotes and endnotes, may no longer exist. That is because more researchers and professionals are relying on information found oil Web sites as sources...
PATRIOT Act's Reach Expanded despite Part Being Struck Down
On the same day Saddam Hussein was captured by U.S. troops in Iraq, President Bush signed into law a new bill giving the FBI increased surveillance powers, effectively expanding the reach of the USA PATRIOT Act--even though part of the original act...
Strategic Information Management: Continuing Need, Continuing Opportunities
At the Core This article * defines the concept of SIM * discusses live opportunities to apply SIM methods * examines trait of an information-proficient organization Strategic information management (SIM) fits into a category of new,...
The Worldwide War on Spam Continues
According to a recent American Management Association survey, e-mail and inbox management has become the number-one office task, although few have learned how to manage e-mails effectively. The average employee now spends 25 percent of the workday...
Uncovered Documents May Be Trouble for Oil Company
In late November 2003, 190 boxes of documents covered in burlap bags were uncovered 45 feet below ground near a pipeline in the New Mexico desert. The documents, along with 100 computer disks, were covered with mold and mildew and have been sent to...
U.S. to Start Airline Background Checks
Perhaps as early as this summer, the U.S. government's plan to check all airline passengers' backgrounds before they board a plane could be in place. The Computer Assisted Passenger Prescreening System, or CAPPS II, would screen all passengers by checking...
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