Thursday, March 25, 2010

 

A Privacy Manifesto

The notion of IT-oriented manifestos is growing by leaps and bounds. The first popular manifesto was created by the Agile community. Most recently, another group of fine individuals created the Rugged Software Manifesto. The one thing that is missing from many conversations is the notion of privacy and therefore I have harvested sage wisdom from many and propose the following as the start of a Privacy Manifesto.



Architects and Developers should consider their fidicuary duty to protect the privacy of their users, customers and business partners. With this thought in mind, we have come to value:

1. To minimize the data collection to that which is required to conduct business

2. To provide proper access control on all data collected that is personally identifiable by nature

3. To classify the data appropriately in terms of sensitivity and adhere to proper retention procedures

4. To dispose of data properly

5. To disclose in an ethical and timely manner whenever the trust others put in you is breached.




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