Privacy Piracy in the Information Age

June 17, 2011

June 17, 2011 (Mountain View, CA) - Robert D. Brownstone, Technology & eDiscovery Counsel and Co-Chair of the Electronic Information Management Group of Fenwick & West LLP, was featured as a guest of the KUCI radio show Privacy Piracy, a weekly program which focuses on the privacy and technology issues in the information age.

The current technology era has forced small and large businesses alike to assess the security of the information they hold, including customers' credit card numbers, employees' social security information and trade secrets. Information is held and transferred through many mediums, and it is vital for business leaders to maintain knowledge of how data is collected, stored, shared and deleted. "We must ask, where do we keep information on paper—more likely, where do we keep information electronically—and who has access?" Brownstone encourages.

Another piece of the privacy puzzle is an acceptable use policy that covers social media and is easy to understand and enforce. "The lesson is that there isn't one approach. Decide what you really want to enforce and will enforce on a consistent basis. Otherwise, you're writing a policy that you won’t be following. You can get into a lot of trouble if you've got a very strict policy that you never really enforce," Brownstone advises.

To listen to a podcast of the KUCI radio show in its entirety, click here.