Laws now in effect in several countries require protection of individual privacy in personal information recordkeeping systems maintained by the central, state and local governments and, in some countries, by private business and industry. It is desirable for the implementation of privacy protection requirements to establish a standard sensitivity scale and a classification system for personal information. With an emphasis on the privacy protection requirements in the United States, this paper surveys several classification systems that have been discussed in the literature, examines the criteria for setting up such systems, proposes a new sensitivity scale and corresponding classification system, and discusses the information integrity and security provisions that should be adequate for each classification level. 21 pp. Ref.
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