Bermuda Report on Information Accountability

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Privacy and data protection laws are filled with concepts that are notoriously difficult to put into tangible effect.

Privacy itself is often defined, somewhat amorphously, as "Protection against intrusion" or "respect for private life." Laws and regulations draw on principled statements and evoke laudable goals such as fairness or accountability. But what does all this mean in practice? How does a person sitting at her desk respect one's private life or show fairness? She has a piece of paper with information on it, and has to do something with it. What actions should she take, and how does she evaluate her success meeting the principles of privacy?

Of course her lawyer would tell her, "It depends," and fair play to that. It does depend, on factors like the type of information or the way she hopes to process the data. Re