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Harboring DataInformation Security, Law, and the Corporation$
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Andrea M. Matwyshyn

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804760089

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804760089.001.0001

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The Information Vulnerability Landscape

The Information Vulnerability Landscape

Compromising Positions: Organizational and Hacker Responsibility for Exposed Digital Records

(p.33) 2 The Information Vulnerability Landscape
Harboring Data

Kris Erickson

Philip N. Howard

Stanford University Press

This chapter explores how responsibility for protecting electronic data is currently attributed and examines legislation aimed at managing the problem of compromised personal records. It compares the aims of legislation with an analysis of reported incidents of data loss for the period of 1980–2007. A discrepancy between legislative responses to electronic data loss and the actual damages incurred reveals that responsibility for maintaining the security of electronic personal records has been misplaced and should be reexamined. The chapter concludes with a brief discussion of the options for public policy oversight.

Keywords:   electronic data, information security, personal records, data loss, public policy, hacker

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