Cover: Computers and Personal Privacy

Computers and Personal Privacy

Published 1977

by Willis H. Ware


Download Free Electronic Document

FormatFile SizeNotes
PDF file 0.2 MB

Use Adobe Acrobat Reader version 10 or higher for the best experience.


Purchase Print Copy

 Format Price
Add to Cart Paperback10 pages $20.00

Highlights the report of the Privacy Protection Study Commission, created by the Privacy Act of 1974. Three major goals of the commission's recommendations are (1) to minimize the intrusiveness of data collection; (2) to maximize the fairness with respect to the influence of record systems on determinations about people; and (3) to create a legally enforceable expectation for the citizen that records will be treated as confidential information. The commission will try to achieve its goals through a combination of industry compliance codes, amendments to acts, a few new statutes, and existing mechanisms. The individual should have the right to see his record and copy it or correct it. The citizen should be fully informed what records will be kept about him, with whom they will be exchanged, and how they will be used. When an adverse decision is made about an individual, he must be told what items in his record resulted in the adverse decision.

This report is part of the RAND paper series. The paper was a product of RAND from 1948 to 2003 that captured speeches, memorials, and derivative research, usually prepared on authors' own time and meant to be the scholarly or scientific contribution of individual authors to their professional fields. Papers were less formal than reports and did not require rigorous peer review.

This document and trademark(s) contained herein are protected by law. This representation of RAND intellectual property is provided for noncommercial use only. Unauthorized posting of this publication online is prohibited; linking directly to this product page is encouraged. Permission is required from RAND to reproduce, or reuse in another form, any of its research documents for commercial purposes. For information on reprint and reuse permissions, please visit

RAND is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.