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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (Oct. 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321224094
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321224095
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 17.8 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #984,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Privacy: What Developers and IT Professionals Should Know (paperback)

FYI: CD is referred to as "accompanying CD-ROM" but it does not inform you as to how / where to obtain it, that I could find. PLS see the following URL to download it via the Downloads tab;
or directly;

To the author, PLS provide ebook or some digital book version option for sale, instead of paper only copy.

This is a supplemental read item for the CIPP/IT, so it could use an update. However note, references are still mostly relevant with current versions...unfortunately. An overall updated of the book (to current events, since publication of 2004...approximately 10 years since written) would be very appreciated.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Excellent information on privacy issues... Oct. 6 2004
By Thomas Duff - Published on
Format: Paperback
I recently received a copy of Privacy: What Developers and IT Professionals Should Know by J. C. Cannon (Addison-Wesley). This is a good book that does an excellent job in delivering to the target audience.

Chapter list: An Overview Of Privacy; The Importance of Privacy-Enhancing and Privacy-Aware Technologies; Privacy Legislation; Managing Windows Privacy; Managing Spam; Privacy-Invasive Devices; Building a Privacy Organizational Infrastructure; The Privacy Response Center; Platform for Privacy Preferences Project (P3P); Integrating Privacy in the Development Process; Performing a Privacy Analysis; A Sample Privacy-Aware Application; Protecting Database Data; Managing Access to Data: A Coding Example; Digital Rights Management; Privacy Section for a Feature Specification; Privacy Review Template; Data Analysis Template; List of Privacy Content; Privacy Checklist; Privacy Standard; References; Index

In today's environment, nearly every aspect of your daily existence touches data processing systems in some way. And if you surf the web, you know you are constantly being asked for personal and demographic information. But all too often, privacy issues related to all this information are not addressed in a secure, consistent methodology. Because of that, you stand a good chance of having far more personal information released to 3rd parties than you may be comfortable with. This book will help you become aware of the issues and build solid systems and processes that protect that privacy.

The first part of the book shows you how to secure your own privacy when you're working with computers. With the use of features such as pop-up blockers, cookie blockers, anonymous email services, and other related tools, you can effectively control the amount of information about your person and your activities while online. This information is really useful to anyone reading the book regardless of whether they are in IT or not. The second part of the book concentrates more on building software and processes that recognizes this right to privacy and gives the consumer choices on how to disclose and manage their personal information. The information is very practical and readable, and organizations would do well to consider the information presented here.

If you happen to be working in an industry affected by legislation such as HIPAA, this book becomes critical. If you're dealing with personal health information, you have no choices when it comes to privacy. The laws are spelled out, and the legal consequences for violating these laws are severe. Companies such as these should definitely get a copy.

This information has even affected one of the application changes I am currently working on. The user wanted to track the number of hits that a document got for reading. I started to build the change to track *who* read it, but then remembered that "less is more". There's no reason to track that information, so I shouldn't. As a result, I've got a more privacy-friendly application that delivers the desired results without violating the reader's privacy.

Good book, and worth the time for reading...
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Instant Privacy Awareness Dec 1 2004
By Stephen Northcutt - Published on
Format: Paperback
I give the book 5 stars for making a complex subject both accessible and interesting, for communicating the urgency of addressing privacy issues, and for supplying the information IT professionals and developers need to build privacy functionalities into the solutions they create and deliver. This book will be most useful for US readers as expectations and laws vary across the world.

There are two questions an organization should ask about privacy: What is the cost of implementing a privacy program and what is the potential cost of not implementing a privacy program. Cannon's book will appeal as much to managers and executives responsible for knowing the answers to those questions.

The first third of the book provides an overview of privacy legislation and of technologies that are either privacy-enhancing or privacy-invasive, with suggestions for how to protect oneself from privacy intrusion. Chapter 4 is devoted to the subject of managing privacy for Windows products which can be helpful to administrators and consumers. It covers the privacy settings for XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Office 2003, and Windows Media Player 9. Consumers and privacy advocates alike will find a wealth of information here about what privacy technologies exist and how to use them.

In the next fifty pages, Cannon discusses how to build a privacy organizational infrastructure and a privacy response center; and the reminder of the 350-page book is devoted to walking developers through the steps necessary to actually build privacy functionalities into their solutions. It is here that Cannon delves into more technical topics of interest to developers building privacy-enhancing technologies and to companies looking to include privacy awareness into the way products are built.

P3P is something I have struggled with on the SANS Institute's own web page. At present, it seems like an organization is safer not implementing it and the book was very helpful for me to better grasp the issues surround electronic enforcement of privacy.
Privacy: What Developers and IT Professionals Should Know Aug. 23 2013
By J. Dutcher - Published on
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The book is good. I think because it was written a while ago, it is becoming a bit dated but always good to have a good base to build on. Easy to read as well.
High level privacy overview Feb. 8 2005
By Dmitri Nevedrov - Published on
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed reading this book. Although not very detailed or technical, the book is a good management level overview of data protection, privacy ideas and techniques to enforce privacy policies within an organization. The book is useful for a software developer, IT person, database administrator, manager, or anyone involved in handling or managing computer data. The material is presented in a language suitable for virtually any IT expertise level. There are some examples presented from real life that help the reader to understand the concepts better. I think the book covers almost everything about digital data privacy and it does not focus solely on privacy related to Microsoft products.
Required reading Dec 27 2004
By Harold McFarland - Published on
Format: Paperback
When it comes to the privacy issue, this is a lucid look at what the issues are, how they are often overlooked or violated in the normal course of business and things developers should consider when writing programs. The book covers everything from the mundane privacy problems people don't think about to high level privacy issues. For example, he discusses the privacy problems of sending a "private" email to someone else when it is subject to examination at your ISP level, may be on their backup tapes, may be on the log files of several computers between your ISP and the ending ISP, may be subject to examination by anyone of them, etc. He also discusses the privacy considerations of such items as medical patient records accessed over the Internet, encryption issues, and authorization issues.

With all this background information in mind he then discusses how to integrate consideration of these privacy issues into your program and way of thinking in general. This is not an expose of particular privacy problems but a theoretical framework for privacy that uses real-world examples to illustrate the issues. One of the really good points the author makes is that there is a difference between privacy and security. There are a lot of good books on security available today but privacy is rarely discussed. The author provides a thoroughly convincing argument as to why security is not enough and privacy issues must be considered at all times and in all environments.

Privacy: What Developers and IT Professionals Should Know is highly recommended for everyone even remotely connected to the computer technology environment, no exceptions.

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