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As governments got interested in knowing how organizations manage personal data, they were unable to keep information secure. This caused tremendous misuse of legislation where corporations are required to take certain actions to protect personal, identifiable information. While laws differ across countries when it comes to specifics of compliance, most of the compliances force companies to address the protection of personal, identifiable information. This is done with the use of inward- and outward-bound communication channels. Corporate governance across countries has taken note of this and compliance has become a matter of enormous concern. The challenge this task portends is high and it has high penalties of failure that can lead to fines, loss of business, reputation damage, and lawsuits. Along with corporate governance and compliance, there is also the need for acceptable use policy enforcement and protection of confidential information. Some mandatory regulations are described in this paper including The Health Insurance and Portability Act (HIPAA) of 1997, The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) of 1999, The Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) of 2002, The Email Protective Marking Standard of the Australian Government, and The United Kingdom's Data Protection Act of 1998. This paper looks at email is the primary method of communication between organizations and individuals. Therefore it is important to undertake effective email regulatory compliance and to differentiate between legitimate and illegitimate email communications. It also discusses the need to take appropriate action when required to restrict any illegitimate emails.
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