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Video: What role does IT play in privacy protection?

One of the side effects of the information age is that personal privacy has become a major concern for average citizens. And IT often bears much of the responsibility for safeguarding privacy.This episode of Sanity Savers for IT executives discusses how privacy concerns are influencing the standard operating procedures of IT.

One of the side effects of the information age is that personal privacy has become a major concern for average citizens. And IT often bears much of the responsibility for safeguarding privacy and protecting personal information. This episode of Sanity Savers for IT executives discusses some of the ways that privacy concerns are influencing the standard operating procedures of the IT organization.

For those of you who prefer text to video, you can go to the video player page for this episode and click "Full Transcipt," or you can read the original article that this episode was based on:  10 things you should know about privacy protection and IT.

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10 comments
anty
anty

Not that this has anything to do with Privacy, but it would be really nice if the 'Techrepublic commenting section' embraced Web 2.0: It would be soooo much more user friendly if we could just extend each comment to see the text as opposed to reload the full page everytime (and this at the cost of losing the original article or video here). I mean, I quiet like being able to watch a video and read the comments at the same time or even read an article, go to the comment, come back to the article to see what the guy is refering to... What do you guys thing?

costie
costie

IT is where it's at, where de rubber....I've been tracking this stuff for a year or so and find nothing about the place of need: the preachers, doctors, accountants, lawyers and others who have legal obligations to protect the considential communications of their clents.. As soon as the possibility of a lawsuit hits the papers, the botnets are marshalled.Cos's Cutlery

tech-republic
tech-republic

There is now a huge vehicle tracking system in place with no stated privacy designs! Trans. Secr. Peterson has said: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=93018408 "I could just have a device on my car, that that would record what time of day I was traveling, whether I was traveling by myself, the weight of my vehicle, and I would get a billing every month for the amount of transportation services that I used." Egad. Our self-built electronic birdcage is nearing completion.

rhkramer
rhkramer

Thank you for the transcript!

tim uk
tim uk

Most appreciated. No speakers here & my lipreadings is only so-so...

Jim.OGrady
Jim.OGrady

Let's see: - Wipro bought out one of the largest mortgage software companies that has clients like Freddie Mac, Fanny Mae, GMAC, First Horizon, Indy Mac, JP Morgan Chase, and the list goes on... NOTE: this data contains American's financial data along with Name, address, date of birth, SSN, credit reports, credit card info., etc. - Off shore consulting companies are heavily integrated in our health care systems NOTE: this data contains personal Health Information like Name, address, date of birth, SSN All of this data is now over seas whether you like it or not. This is indicative of corporations using off-shoring companies and resources. Now, add identity theft into the equation. This is on the rise, and it is becoming more prevalent that identities are stolen by people in other countries. See any correlations or issues yet? What protections do Americans have about shipping "personal" data abroad?

reisen55
reisen55

A colleague of mine in BCP/DR asked me about on-line internet backup of data and ONE concern (I have many) is that it adds another part to the mix in the direct storage of data and yet another party, internet hackers, into the access points. I like my data backups and storage in my own hands and ready for restoration real fast. Offshore firms are unknowns but corporate management never sees that. All they see are low cost workers without any health care bennies. That = good thing to get all those high paid, dedicated American workers off the payroll list. Hey, ain't that great. At Aon Group, our servers (no longer under our control in 2006 and improperly patched) were hit by a worm that ran through the server network like wildfire. Over 200 were hit and that was outsourced control by good old Computer Sciences Corporation. Oh, they say that is a positive too. They responded like Patton's Third Army to fight the worm attack on several legacy servers.....oh, several? Gee, 200 sure ain't several. And not just my data or my client's data but tons of other data that belongs to other people and companies too.

reisen55
reisen55

Indeed several of my accounts are HIPAA situations so here I have to ensure privacy to the best of my ability. Which is good for right now because 20 minutes from now some new threat will be out there so we are always 1 step behind the hackers and thieves. We cannot help everyone at everytime either, so we can mostly play catchup and repair. I am working on two systems as I write this that got hit by a collection of nasty virus and malware situations. At my former employer, Aon Group, the outsourcing firm that fired all of the good people had over 200 servers, SERVERS FOLKS, hit by a worm in 2006. God knows what was copromised. Basic rules about passwords are a good place to START but that is all. Privacy and security are becoming MORE IMPORTANT EVERY SINGLE DAY.

prosenjit11
prosenjit11

This is mostly important as there are culprits who take the advantage of intervening into the privacy of people and then messing with their professional lives.

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