Information Management

Professional journal on records and information management.

Articles from Vol. 46, No. 2, March-April

After Deleting E-Mails, S.C. Governor Changes Course
After a state newspaper discovered that South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R), who ran for office on promises of greater government transparency, had been deleting controversial e-mails between herself and her staff, Haley decided to begin saving them...
Are You Ready for a RIM Health Checkup?
Just as a healthy heart is essential to a healthy person, a healthy records and information management (RIM) program is essential to an organization's ability to comply with legal requirements, protect its information, and leverage its information...
Audit to Ensure RIM Program Health, Growth: Auditing Your RIM Program Regularly Can Ensure Its Good Health, the Direction and Focus for Its Continued Growth, and Its Ultimate Maturity
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The first time my records and information management (RIM) program was to be audited, flu-like symptoms began to occur; I was nauseated, nervous, and wanted to go home. This pain was a result of the perception in my organization...
BP Says Halliburton Destroyed Evidence
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In a court filing, oil company B.P. alleged that Halliburton's cement work was inadequate and asked a federal judge to punish the oilfield services company. The cement slurry in question went into drilling the Macendo oil...
Britain Won't Give Germany Stasi Piles
Britain is refusing to return to Germany a collection of Stasi files that reveal the names of British spies who worked for the East German secret intelligence agency during the Cold War. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The records are part of a collection...
Courts Sanction for Facebook Spoliation
In what legal experts say is the largest e-discovery sanction penalty ever aimed at an attorney, a Virginia state judge hit both the lawyer and his client with large penalties for altering the content of a Facebook page. The judge ordered Matthew...
Creating Successful Virtual Teams in a New Age
A Manager's Guide to Virtual Teams Author: Yael Zofi Publisher: AMACOM Publication Date: 2011 Length: 272 pages Price: $27.95 ISBN-13: 978-0814416594 Source: www.amacombooks.org [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The days of the traditional...
D.C. Police Criticized for Storing License Plate Data
According to The Washington Post, more than 250 cameras--stationary and mounted on patrol cars across the District of Colombia (D.C.) and surrounding area--capture 1,800 vehicle images a minute, scan the vehicles' license plates, and download the information...
DOJ Withdraws FOIA Proposal
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently withdrew a revision to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) it had proposed that would have allowed federal agencies to lie to citizens and reporters seeking certain records....
Drawing a New Battle Plan for Conquering Key Information Risks
Today's information governance environment--with decentralized and sometimes ad hoc information creation and storage across multiple internally and externally controlled information systems--defy the traditional notion of records as discrete data objects...
Facebook Punished for Privacy Shortcomings
In response to what it says was Facebook's failure to protect its users' privacy, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced a settlement that requires the social media giant to undergo independent privacy audits every two years for the next...
GARP[R]: A Tool to Drive Internal Auditing
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The Generally Accepted Recordkeeping Principles[R] (CARP[R]) can be used to drive records and information management (RIM) improvements in all kinds of organizations. When RIM is incorporated into the corporate governance...
Google Agrees to Wi-Fi Opt Out
Google has agreed to allow people worldwide to keep the names and locations of their home or business Wi-Fi routers out of its database. According to The New York Times, the decision resulted from pressure from the Netherlands. The Times said Google...
Judge Orders the Release of Twitter Data
A federal judge has ordered Twitter to turn over information about three account holders involved in the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) WikiLeaks investigation. The New York Times reported that in 2011 the DOJ started investigating Jacob Appelbaum,...
Judge: Warrantless Cell Phone Tracking Illegal
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A Texas judge has declared the law allowing warrantless cell phone tracking unconstitutional. "The records would show the date, time, called number, and location of the telephone when the call was made," U.S. District Court...
Penn State Exempt from Open Records Laws
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal at Penn State, Pennsylvania lawmakers and taxpayers are calling for a change in the law that exempts public universities from the state's open records law. ...
Proposal to Improve FOIA Stuck in Bureaucracy
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Recommendations to improve how U.S. agencies handle Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests are awaiting approval at the Office of Management and Budget--and have been for almost a year, according to the director of the...
Smoothing the Turbulence: Project Management Strategies for the Changing Workplace
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Shifts in workplace culture, technology, and legal and regulatory requirements, along with diminishing resources, create pressure for organizations to change* Because projects can be brief and focused toward a particular change,...
Watchdogs: FOIA Exemptions Climb 33%
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] President Barack Obama wants to know how federal agencies plan to improve their records management programs by late March. Secrecy still reigns at many U.S. agencies, despite President Barack Obama's attempts to make government...
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