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The widespread use of resource-sharing systems has introduced new complexities to the problem of safeguarding computer information. This paper reviews aspects of security and privacy in both widely shared data networks and private databases. Three examples are discussed: (1) the FBI's National Crime Information Network, using state-shared information, (2) census data, and (3) tax information. The issues of access-control are raising legal questions which must be dealt with through legislation. The paper recommends further research and analysis in the area of computer-oriented crime legislation.

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