Cover: A Brief History of Computer Privacy

A Brief History of Computer Privacy

Published 1972

by Rein Turn

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Recital of RAND's pioneering efforts from the beginning of the computer era to resolve the complex privacy and security problems arising from the proliferation of computer systems and their applications. Of first concern was the protection of classified defense information. Other areas of research have included computer application in state and local government operations and law enforcement, communication networks, databanks, and government information systems. Especially complex is the problem of providing data privacy in time-shared, remotely accessible information systems. A three-page bibliography of RAND publications on data privacy and security is appended. 8 pp. Bibliog.

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