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Information privacy policy

What is Information privacy policy?

In order to understand information privacy policy, one must first understand what information privacy is. According to Wikipedia, Information privacy is the relationship between collection and dissemination of data, technology, the public expectation of privacy, and legal and political issues surrounding them. It is the interest an individual has in controlling, or at least significantly influencing, the handling of data about themselves. Thus, comes information privacy policy, which contains general principles regarding information privacy.


What kind of sources would create privacy issues?

 Privacy concerns exist wherever personally identifiable information is collected and stored. Listed below are some examples of possible sources of privacy issues:

  • Lifestyle- People may not wish to share their personal information to avoid possible discrimination. This may include their religion, sexual orientation, or personal activities
  • Financial- A person’s financial transactions can be sensitive to criminal gain access, which can lead to fraud or identity theft. Their information can also be used to track them down and possibly harm them. Hackers frequently use social engineering to gain valuable information and use it as authentication to access the information.
  • Internet- It has been a growing concern of what kind of information a person would like to reveal about themselves on the internet due to tracking devices, such as data mining and spoofing, that track what websites are visited and if these websites collect, store, and share the person’s information with other users. Phishing could also be used by someone tricking someone to hand over personal information through email.
  • Medical- A person may not want their medical records and history to be revealed to others for reasons of concern that it might affect their insurance coverage or it may be simply embarrassing for other to know.
  • Political- The secret ballot helps protect individuals keep their political views private to prevent any discrimination or judgment against them


How does Information Privacy Policy work to protect issues of privacy?

Information Private Policy has policy guidelines to help ensure privacy of information. These policy guidelines are:

  1. Adoption and implementation of a privacy policy – an organization engaged in online activities or ebusiness has a responsibility to adopt and implement a policy for protecting the privacy of personal information
  2. Notice and disclosure – an organization’s privacy policy must be easy to find, read, and understand
  3. Choice and consent – individuals must be given the opportunity to exercise choice regarding how personal information collected from them online may be used when such use is unrelated to the purpose for which the information was collected
  4. Information security – organization’s creating, maintaining, using, or disseminating personal information should take appropriate measures to assure its reliability and protect it from loss, misuse, or alteration
  5. Information quality and access – organizations should establish appropriate processes or mechanisms so that inaccuracies in material personal information may be corrected.