The Emperor's New Clothes: Privacy on the Internet in 1999


The most irrefutable finding of the May 1999 Internet Privacy Policy Survey (hereinafter called the Survey) is that collection of personally identifiable information is the norm on commercial web sites. The Survey found that 93% of the sites in the sample (n=364) collect at least one type of personal information (such as name, email address, postal address). Only 7% of the sites collect no information.(2)

Merging County Social Services Data Bases: Privacy Pitfalls and a Policy Solution


My presentation will focus on the privacy implications of the integration of health and human services. I am going to spend most of my time describing a set of privacy principles which I believe are essential to guide the merger and use of information from several agencies and department. These are called the Fair Information Principles.

Privacy Implications of Privatization of the County's Information Technology Systems


A great deal has been said and written about the management of technology under a privatized system. But little about the information itself.

The County holds a tremendous amount of personal information about its citizens. Property tax records, voting files, library records, the extensive data files of our social services including health and welfare data, birth, death, and marriage certificates, court documents, and so on.

A Consumer's Complaint Regarding Rite Aid Pharmacy


I feel that Rite Aid is using my family's private medical information -- our prescription records -- to aggressively market prescription medications on behalf of themselves and pharmaceutical manufacturers. I find this to be an egregious invasion of my privacy and am concerned that Rite Aid may be violating laws in California regarding my medical records privacy. At the very least, I consider this to be unprofessional conduct.

PRC Hotline Statistics: Top Ten Inquiry Topics -- 1992-1998


In Year One, each inquiry was coded with just one topic. Thereafter, we coded each inquiry with two different codes if the caller indeed had two distinctly separate concerns. Therefore, the percentages for years two through four exceed 100%.

These rankings should be used with caution. It is best to view them as an indicator of the broad topics that are of concern to consumers rather than as precise numeric indicators that can be generalized to the entire population.

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