The Prevention and Mitigation of Breaches of Personal Information Databases

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  • Title: The Prevention and Mitigation of Breaches of Personal Information Databases: A Theoretical Framework
  • Author(s): Susan Sproule, Francine Vachon
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Common Ground Open
  • Journal Title: Journal of Technologies and Human Usability
  • Keywords: Cyber-law, Data Breach, Database, Negative Externalities, Liability, Loss Allocation Rules, Public Policy, Privacy, Privacy By Design, Data Security
  • Volume: 11
  • Issue: 1
  • Year: 2015
  • ISSN: 2381-9227 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2381-926X (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2381-9227/CGP/v11i01/1-17
  • Citation: Sproule, Susan, and Francine Vachon. 2015. "The Prevention and Mitigation of Breaches of Personal Information Databases: A Theoretical Framework." Journal of Technologies and Human Usability 11 (1): 1-17. doi:10.18848/2381-9227/CGP/v11i01/1-17.
  • Extent: 17 pages

Abstract

It seems that everything—from our cars to the search engines we use—collects information about us and our activities. Breaches compromising personal information are an unfortunate by-product of our modern information-intensive society. In this paper, we examine previous research on this problem from diverse perspectives. We then develop an interdisciplinary framework that examines parties involved, benefits derived by each party, losses from a breach, and the ability of each party to mitigate losses. Within this framework, appropriate economic theories are extended to other types of breaches and frauds.