Information Management

Professional journal on records and information management.

Articles from Vol. 51, No. 3, May/June

ACLU Files 13 Lawsuits for Records Related to Travel Ban
In April, the American Civil Liberties Union announced that its affiliates had filed 13 coordinated Freedom of Information Act lawsuits, demanding government documents related to implementation of the president's executive orders on travel and immigration,...
A PrivacySmorgasbord on Capitol Hill
The past several weeks have seen these privacy-related bills introduced onin the U.S. Congress:H. R. 2204 - Homeowner Information Privacy Protection Act. This bill would require a study of whether data collection under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act...
Audit Finds Victoria's Records Management Practices Outdated
Victoria s Public Records Act of 1973 could not have anticipated the changes that would come in the information management landscape. A review of the Management of Public Sector Records conducted by the Victorian auditor-general confirms this view, according...
Australia Passes Data Breach Notification Law
As reported in several outlets, after years of failed attempts the Australian legislature has passed the country's first mandatory data breach notification law. The law will apply only to companies with more than $2.3 million in annual revenue and will...
Canadians Want Tougher Privacy Laws, Poll Reveals
Canadians want tougher privacy laws, and they want government and businesses to be more upfront about how they collect and use personal data according to a survey commissioned by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC).Most Canadians support amendments...
Cloud Computing
The "cloud" can refer to anything that's hosted remotely and delivered via the Internet. Today, nearly every type of core business function - from human resources to enterprise resource planning - is available via the cloud.Companies like Amazon, Google,...
Congress, White House Opt to Kill Broadband Privacy Rules
On March 28, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to kill broadband privacy rules that would have required Internet service providers (ISPs) to get permission from consumers before collecting their sensitive data.The Broadband Consumer Privacy Rules...
Data Research Book a 'Must Read' for All Information Professionals
Data Research Book a 'Must Read' for All Information ProfessionalsThe Data Librarians Handbook focuses on the changing priorities in library science and the growing interest in research data support. By offering practical guidance on collecting, curating,...
E-Privacy Directive, GDPR Expected to Take Effect May 2018
Lexology.com recently summarized the European Commission's (EC) new e-privacy regulation, which is expected to replace the current directive from 2002 and be applied throughout the European Union.The EC expects the regulation to be effective concurrent...
Gartner Study Finds a 31% Spike in IoT Worldwide
Based on its recent study, research firm Gartner Inc. predicts there will be 8.4 billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices in use worldwide by the end of this year, which represents a 31% spike from the end of 2016, as summarized recently on NetworkWorld.com.The...
IBM, FDA to Help Advance Blockchain for Health Records Management
As reported on GCN.com,IBM Watson Health has announced a joint research initiative with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to leverage blockchain technology for the safer, more efficient exchange of healthcare data.A shared ledger technology...
Identifying and Classifying VITAL RECORDS
This is an excerpt from ARMA International's latest technical report, Vital Records (ARMA International TR 29-2017).The vital records program is an important part of an organization's [records and information management] RIM/information governance (IG)...
IoT Is Easily Hackable Today; EC Hopes to Change That
Lauren Cerulus of Politico recently reported on efforts by the European Commission (EC) to stem the growing threat of denial-of-service attacks on the billions of devices connected to the Internet. Currently, when consumer goods that make up the Internet...
Japan Privacy Law to Change on May 30
Revisions to Japan's Act on the Protection of Personal Information (APPI), combined with the start-up of a Personal Information Protection Commission (PPC), likely will affect the international community's cross-border data transfers with Japan.As summarized...
Judge Fed Up with Lazy Discovery Efforts
Lawyers need to get up to speed on the 2015 rule changes to the U.S. Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP), according to a U.S. federal magistrate judge in Manhattan.Southern District Magistrate Andrew Peck said too many attorneys are not adhering...
Learning to Thrive in Times of Technological Evolution
Nothing has or likely will continue to present as many challenges - or opportunities - for records and information management (RIM) professionals than the constant evolution of technologies for creating, sharing, storing, and distributing digital information...
Mandated Disclosures EXPOSED
Among the many legal and regulatory requirements organizations must abide by is making mandated disclosure for the products and services they make available to the public. They are the 100-page mortgage documents. They are the privacy policies posted...
Minn. Agencies Resist Efforts to Clarify E-Mail Retention Rules
State Representative Peggy Scott, a Republican from Andover, Minn., recently introduced a bill that would require state government agencies to save public electronic communications for at least three years, as recommended by a state records retention...
Preserving Seeds of Knowledge: A Web Archiving Case Study
After nearly three years of planning and preparation, the Queen's University Archives in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, embarked on a one-year web archiving pilot project in June 2016 to:1. Establish a baseline for ongoing preservation of the university's...
Privacy Law Changes Coming This Year to Canada
Thanks to Canadian privacy law changes and recent guidance from the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA), Canadian companies soon will have to start disclosing more about cyberattacks and be more proactive about revealing specific risks that could...
UK ICO Offers Guidance on the GDPR; Final Draft Expected Soon
In March the UK Information Commissioner's Office ("ICO") published a draft of its guidance for the consent requirements of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The draft describes how the ICO interprets the consent requirements of the GDPR...
Updated for the Digital Age ISO 15489
The publication of ISO 15489-1:2001 Information and documentation - Records management - General marked an important milestone in the development of more digital-friendly approaches to making and keeping records. Created by ISO Technical Committee 46...
Viewing RIM from THE OTHER END OF THE TELESCOPE
The opening quotation from a poem by my Scottish countryman Rabbie Burns, who wrote it on seeing a louse on a lady's hat in church, wishes that some greater power would allow us to understand how other people see us to free us from making mistakes. This...
VIZIO to Pay Millions for Spying through Internet-Connected TVs
As reported on FTC.gov and other outlets, VIZIO Inc., a manufacturer of smart TVs, has agreed to pay $2.2 million to settle a regulatory complaint that it tracked its consumers on their Internet- connected smart TVs without their consent or knowledge.The...
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