Discusses the issues surrounding privacy, stressing the semantic problems and differences in perception that create difficulties, emphasizing that solutions conceived will have to be ones that work for all of society, and arguing that both organizations and individuals have a responsibility in seeing that information be collected and used for its intended purposes, and, most importantly, that individuals not be harmed by the use of such information. The paper examines the complexities involved in drafting concise and appropriate legislation which clearly serves the intent of privacy. Further attention is given to privacy safeguards that might be appropriate to the private sector. Discussion and guidance, from people and organizations equipped to provide it, are important and necessary if we are to achieve the appropriate balance between society and information technology.
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