Information privacy has been a (if not the) central topic associated with the advent of the information age and the rapid proliferation of technologies and systems. In the early days of computing, privacy concerns arose around the existence of large databases of citizen data running on mainframe computers in various agencies of the federal government. As new systems and architectures were developed and deployed in business organizations and local government, privacy issues were intensified. Vast amounts of personal data were amassed from every day commercial transactions and activities. With the introduction of the internet, e-mail data and browsing/search data created new privacy threats. Today, the explosion of social computing has generated previously unimaginable amounts of personal data stored in the “cloud” and available to commercial and governmental entities. Add to all this the increasing kinds and capabilities of surveillance technologies, from biometric sensors to drones, and it becomes increasingly difficult to see how the privacy interests of individuals, groups, and society at large can be safeguarded against the competing interests of governmental and commercial organizations.
At the center of the rapidly changing privacy landscape are a wide range of information professionals; IT managers, software engineers, network administrators, database administrators, information architects, records managers, etc. These professionals will bear an increasingly large share of the responsibility to manage personal information in an ethical way. They will need to be familiar with developments in the legal environment surrounding information privacy. Just as importantly, they will need to develop a sound understanding of the ethical questions at issue in order to balance the interests of the different information stakeholders in a fair and ethical manner.
This page will be devoted to developing resources that address the conceptual and practical aspects of managing personal information ethically and legally. It primary purpose is to help information practitioners understand developments in information privacy ethics and law in a way that they can integrate into their disciplines and professional practices.
Webinar: The Ethics of Personal Information Management, featured on ARMA International Website. Link Below
Article on ECM and Privacy by Design in ARMA’s Information Management Magazine.