Stories by Larry Ponemon

Are you practicing safe outsourcing?

One political hot potato in this election year is the outsourcing of tech jobs to other countries. Last month's column featured our case "When Contracts Are Not Dependable." As the case illustrated, outsourcing without properly assessing a vendor's privacy and data controls can create a real headache for the chief privacy officers (CPO) and CIOs responsible for safeguarding personal and sensitive information located in distant places.

First privacy report card for U.S. government

FRAMINGHAM (02/27/2004) - Why do Americans trust the U.S. Postal Service with their personal information more than the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Justice? The reason may not be that surprising. According to the results of our first annual Privacy Trust Survey (PTS) of the United States Government, it seems to be due to the personal relationship we have with the friendly mail carrier who brings us our birthday cards and holds our mail when we go on vacation.