Do the Right Thing -- Adhere to Privacy Laws
You you need to share the format of your data and files with others,
but the actual elements of that data are sensitive, classified, or do
not yet exist. You are concerned about public confidence in your company's
privacy policies and need to comply with existing and future privacy laws,
especially if you work with solution providers overseas.
According to at least one lawmaker, the growing outsourcing trend threatens
to undermine medical and financial privacy protections that consumers
and legislators have fought hard to achieve:
"Privacy issues until now have mostly been in the
U.S., but I think people are not aware of how much of their information
is going outside the United States. I can't monitor medical information
after it is sent overseas, but I can do something about it in the state." - California state senator Liz Figueroa
In addition to sensitive medical data, information shipped to foreign
workers can include bank account numbers, Social Security numbers, stock
holdings and credit card numbers -- all valuable information to identity
Solutions are needed to protect this data -- or simulate
it through realistic test data -- so exposure of real personal information
It's easier not to fight privacy legislation. If
you have data at risk in files at rest or in motion, IR tools let
- Protect fields in your production
files or reports
- Put safe test data into real file
or report formats
Specifically, IRI's CoSort software can apply auditable, field-level
encryption, de-identification, and other security functions to your files
as you transform and/or report from them. CoSort, and its SortCL tool in particular, marries data protection
with data processing so you can minimize risk along with performance bottlenecks.
The RowGen (test data) product creates safe test data in real file formats
that you can send with confidence outside the firewall.
tool to mask, transform, and format data into one or more custom files (simultaneously). This
way, you can simulate and share actual file or report
layouts without exposing any private field contents.
Solutions > Field Protection
Products > CoSort > SortCL
Solutions > Prototyping
Products > RowGen (Test Data)
* Source: "Outsourcing: Danger to Privacy", Kim Zetter, Wired News, Feb.
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