In message <[log in to unmask]>, at 08:30:13 on
Wed, 28 Nov 2007, simon howarth <[log in to unmask]> writes
>I think we are in danger of getting hung up unnecessarily on encryption.
Not if there are organisations that have banned physical data transfer
in the absence of -specifically- encryption.
>Whilst encryption is a fantastic way of securing data in transit (USB
>sticks can be bought with encryption methodologies on them), it's not
>just about encryption per se.
I'd still be interested in what quality control there is to ensure that
such a purported encrypted USB stick does what it claims.
>What is required is a top-down approach which encompasses all possible
>transfer methods and build robust procedures for the sharing of
>personal information that is commensurate with the risk associated with
Agreed. I have no reason to peddle a philosophy that encryption is the
>Data sharing agreements can also help as it's not just about data
>getting lost in transit, it's what happens when Gov Dept. A provides
>confidential data to private organisation B (legitimately) and no one
>thought to ask Organisation B what its procedures are,
Organisation B's Data Protection Registration isn't a proxy for that?
(if they are overseas, other much-discussed arrangements apply).
>This is a fantastic opportunity to review data sharing and
>information/records management as a whole and get senior
>management buy-in to this issue.
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