Confidential Information Sources

2nd Edition

Public and Private

Authors: John Carroll
Hardcover ISBN: 9780750690188
eBook ISBN: 9780080943640
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 31st July 1991
Page Count: 416
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This edition includes the effects of massive computerization on the collection, storage, and reporting of personal data. For investigations and back-ground checks of any type, this outstanding volume tells how to hire reliable employees, sell to solvent customers, and purchase from reliable vendors. Carroll also examines troubling issues of ethics, accuracy, and privacy in our age of electronic information transfer.

Key Features

Discusses the way the nation collects, stores, and uses personal information. Addresses the ethical questions about how personal data should be used. Highlights the changes in information collection brought about by computers.

Table of Contents

Introduction Personal Records: An Overview Investigatory Credit Reporting Agencies Law Enforcement Information Systems In-File Reporting Agencies Credit Card Security Motor Vehicle and Other Government Records Medical Records Student Records Personnel Investigations The Issue of Privacy Appendices


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About the Author

John Carroll

John M. Carroll is Professor of Computer Science, Education, and Psychology, and Director of the Center for Human-Computer Interaction, at Virginia Tech. He has written more than 250 technical papers, more than 25 conference plenary addresses, and 12 books. He serves on 10 editorial boards for journals and handbooks, has won the Rigo Career Achievement Award from ACM, received the Silver Core Award from IFIP, and is a member of the CHI Academy.

Affiliations and Expertise

Penn State University