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Web Stalkers
Chapter 1 -
The Illusion of Anonymity

Web Site Responsibility for Data Privacy

In a typical website, data access occurs at many levels:

  • at the end user presentation layer;

  • at the middle tier;

  • at the application server layer;

  • at the web server layer;

  • at the standalone application screens; and finally,

  • at the database level directly.

Dealing with confidential data on the web

Responsible websites, with confidential medical or financial information, are required by law to have strict auditing systems and be able to provide a report on anyone and everyone who has viewed specific data.

Many Federal laws such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), the Sarbanes Oxley Act (SOX) and the Gramm Leach Bliley Act (GLBA) changed the way that databases are secured and audited. Some of these federal regulations impose severe criminal penalties for non-compliance and malfeasance with protected data.

For example, HIPAA laws provides that an intentional leak of information calls for a fine of up to $250,000 per incident and may result in the imprisonment of the executive in charge for a period up to 10 years. The severity of the penalty and the personification of responsibility is enough to make the executives of many organizations take this law and the issue of privacy and information protection very seriously. Non-compliance with these regulations can also expose companies to multi-million dollar civil lawsuits from customers if their private information has been improperly disclosed.

The above text is an excerpt from:

Web Stalkers
Protect yourself from Internet Criminals & Psychopaths
ISBN 0-97-45993-9-5

by Donald K. Burleson, Stephen Andert

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