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REVIEW: "Privacy Payoff", Ann Cavoukian/Tyler J. Hamilton

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  • Rob, grandpa of Ryan, Trevor, Devon & Ha
    BKPRVPOF.RVW 20031019 Privacy Payoff , Ann Cavoukian/Tyler J. Hamilton, 2002, 0-07-090560-6, U$24.95/C$39.99 %A Ann Cavoukian %A Tyler J. Hamilton %C
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      "Privacy Payoff", Ann Cavoukian/Tyler J. Hamilton, 2002,
      0-07-090560-6, U$24.95/C$39.99
      %A Ann Cavoukian
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      %I McGraw-Hill Ryerson/Osborne
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      %P 332 p.
      %T "Privacy Payoff"

      In the Foreword, Don Tapscott touches on the issues of privacy and
      security, but in a vague and unclear manner. Most of the material
      simply points out some advantages of advertising the fact that you
      have a privacy policy. It is also rather ironic that Earthlink is
      used as an example of a good privacy policy, in chapter one, since
      that Internet provider has, at times, created some of the greatest
      problems for other Internet users with regard to spam. Yet another
      example of a case where addressing one security problem creates
      another? Chapter two tells us that people are concerned about
      privacy, and may sue over perceived breaches of confidence.
      DoubleClick is used as an example, but, interestingly in view of the
      titular intent of the book, the authors fail to note the direct
      financial hit involved with the fall in stock price when the plans to
      merge online tracking with personal data became public. There is a
      good overview of the definition, history, and philosophy of privacy,
      in chapter three, including a number of points that other works miss.
      The usual list of American privacy laws, with some nods to the
      European Union directives and the Canadian C-6/PIPEDA, is given in
      chapter four. Chapter five asserts, without doing much to prove, that
      privacy is a business imperative: most of the content is limited to
      the idea that privacy protection won't cost *that* much, although
      there is a study showing that privacy policies can help efficiency.
      There is good, practical information about the role and requirements
      for a Chief Privacy Officer in chapter six. Chapter seven contains a
      generic admonition to have adequate security. The virus section
      stresses Code Red, which the authors admit had nothing to do with
      privacy, and neglect Melissa, Sircam, and Klez, which did. There are
      scary stories about miscellaneous privacy related topics, in chapter
      eight, but the point is unclear. Targeted marketing can be good or
      bad, but chapter nine doesn't tell you how to do the good type.
      Chapter ten looks at various issues and examples of workplace privacy
      and surveillance, but sometimes not very deeply. For example, there
      is mention of the use of monitoring to prevent lawsuits over sexual
      harassment, but not the fact that such monitoring has been held to
      increase employer liability if harassment happens. The material in
      chapter eleven supposedly deals with privacy enhancing technologies,
      but it is confused and poorly explained. (The authors apparently
      don't understand some of the basic information technology: firewalls
      generally deal only with header information, and so do not face the
      same privacy considerations as content scanning.)

      There are some useful, and even important, points in the book, but the
      valuable content tends to be buried in a great deal of excess
      verbiage. This book could have been a lot shorter, and would have
      been more serviceable if it had been.

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 2003 BKPRVPOF.RVW 20031019


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