Computers, Personal Privacy and Human Choice

by Willis H. Ware


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There is substantial concern in the world today about the relation between the individual citizen and government or private databanks that use information about him for various purposes. Society needs to achieve a balance among (1) the needs for information of management and an organization for the conduct of business, (2) the needs of people who in the course of their daily jobs will interact directly with a computer system, and (3) the needs of people who will be affected by the system whether they interact with it or not. This paper outlines the background and dimensions of the problem: how computer technology has influenced society in the last ten years, the need for privacy in recordkeeping as well as computer security, and options for a framework of legal controls.

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