Assignment in SOC 429
(Code of Ethics in IT Professional)

Casimiro, Maregold P.

Mr. Leo Alcaraz

VI. Legislation for the Infomration Age

A. Legislation for Privacy and Access to Information

The purpose of the Access to Information Act (ATIA – Appendix F) is:
“…to provide a right of access to information in records under the control of a government institution in accordance with the principles that government information should be available to the public, that necessary exceptions to the right of access should be limited and specific and that decisions on the disclosure of government information should be reviewed independently of government.”
The purpose of the Privacy Act (PA – Appendix G) is:
“…to extend the present laws of Canada that protect the privacy of individuals and that provide individuals with a right of access to personal information about themselves.”

B. Freedom of Information Act of 1966

The Freedom of Information Act allows any person to request access to federal agency records or information not determined to be a matter of national security. Agencies of the federal government are required to disclose any requested information on receipt of a written request. This requirement is enforceable in court. Some information is, however, protected from disclosure, and the act does not apply to state or local government agencies or to private businesses or individuals, although many states have their own version of the FOIA.

State and Local Regulations

In addition to the national and international restrictions placed on organizational use of computer technology, each state or locality may have a number of its own applicable laws and regulations. Information security professionals must therefore understand state laws and regulations and ensure that the organization’s security policies and procedures comply with...

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