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A Situation of Personal Information Leakage in the United States and Its Preventive Measures

  • Legal Theory & Practice Review
  • Abbr : LTPR
  • 2017, 5(2), pp.171-209
  • Publisher : The Korea Society for Legal Theory and Practice Inc.
  • Research Area : Social Science > Law

Choi Yeon-Jun 1 Julak Lee 1

1경기대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

Virtually every organization acquires, uses and stores personally identifiable information. Most have it for their employees and depending on their area of business, may also have it for a wider group including customers, patients, residents and students. Organizations are expected to manage this private data appropriately and take every precaution to protect it from loss, unauthorized access or theft. Misusing, losing or otherwise compromising this data can carry a steep financial cost and damage an organization’s reputation. This paper examines the challenges companies face and the steps they can take to protect themselves against data breaches and ensure the safety of this sensitive information. The majority of organizations possess confidential data and try to ensure its protection in line with the expectations of their clients, shareholders, business partners and supervisory bodies. Nevertheless, notorious leaks of personal data and confidential information are abundant. Disclosure of confidential information may result in losses and statutory liability, and damage the organization's reputation as a result of mass media publications and wide media coverage. The ever-increasing risks of industrial espionage and loss of intellectual property force organizations to take the following urgent measures: determine which of the information they possess is confidential; assess the efficiency of the existing controls; and select data leak prevention tools.

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