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Fall 2014: Security Is Everyone's Business

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PEER TO PEER: THE QUARTERLY MAGA ZINE OF ILTA 64 FEATURES As technology continues to play a critical role in our personal lives and in the enterprises we manage and work within, protecting the data entrusted to us continues to be a top priority. The challenge of protecting sensitive data both from unauthorized access and misuse and from unintentional disclosure by authorized persons is discussed at every firm. Countries around the world are enacting more stringent privacy legislation, ultimately addressing the privacy protection concerns of their citizens and the organizations conducting business with them. The global complexity of these regulations will drive change in a good way. The sea of guidelines and directives is undoubtedly confusing to many, but navigating it is not optional. Looking at some of the recent changes to data privacy protection in non-U.S. countries provides an idea of the direction we seem to be headed in as a cyber community. DATA PROTECTION IN THE EU The EU recently updated its data protection laws, which date back to 1995. The EU's Directive 95/46/EC deals with the processing of personal data specifically. One of the major features of this directive is its requirement that EU member states ensure clear, easily understandable information be given to people regarding the processing of

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