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Privacy and Access to Personal Information Held in the Public Sector
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 Material Information
Title: Privacy and Access to Personal Information Held in the Public Sector
Series Title: Journal of Undergraduate Research
Physical Description: Serial
Language: English
Creator: Rosinia, Nicholas
Chamberlin, Bill ( Mentor )
Publisher: University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: 2008
 Notes
Abstract: With ever-increasing amounts of personal information circulating through both public and private sectors in the information age, information practices have become progressively more important. The data industry gathers and aggregates information to create comprehensive dossiers on millions of individuals, often supplying this to the public sector. The public sector also gathers increasing amounts of sensitive information directly from individuals, and this information is often combined with the private sector’s contribution and then circulated within the public sector—despite frequently containing inaccuracies. These practices have the potential to violate the tenets of a new, emerging area of privacy termed “informational privacy,” defined by an individual’s ability to control information about him/herself. Informational privacy is universally acknowledged as best protected under a legal regime implementing a variety of benchmark principles, termed Fair Information Practices. While these principles have varied over time, the Federal Trade Commission currently acknowledges five distinct principles as encompassing Fair Information Practices within the U.S. This paper undertakes a 50-state study analyzing public sector statutes regulating one aspect of Fair Information Practices, an individual’s ability to access/challenge information held about oneself, to determine a portion of the overall public sector protections regulating informational privacy. Results reveal sparse implementation of benchmark provisions for informational privacy at the state level, a concerning lack of action within states and the potential for a shift of the nation’s democratic balance of power as a result.
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Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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System ID: UF00091523:00558

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