Friday 25 September 2009

Using and protecting personal data

Three news stories have caught our attention this week as they all concern the use of personal information and CAIS offers several courses which examine compliance with information legislation.

The first was this story on Wired Magazine's website. It details how the FBI have used data mining and aggregation techniques to build profiles of their suspects in attempts to prevent crime and terrorism.

The second was this story on the BBC's site highlighting the inappropriate release of personal data via social networking sites like facebook and twitter.

Finally, Demon, an internet service provider, have been in the news today for inadvertently releasing a spreadsheet containing the personal information of all of its customers.

Data protection and the associated issues of information compliance and information security remain some of the most rapidly evolving areas pertinent to the work of record keepers.

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