Information Governance: an Ethical Perspective

McManus, John
December 2004
Management Services;Dec2004, Vol. 48 Issue 12, p16
Academic Journal
This article offers views on maintaining and delivering government information in an ethical and efficient manner. For government, information defines the daily starting point for most of its functions and comprises the final output of many of its components, including much of the legislation that governs our daily lives. Many of the recent acts associated with information protection and democracy address some of the issues associated with the core questions--but not all. For many organizations and individuals the acts are difficult to interpret and manage. Computerization makes government (and private sector) information more valuable and raises the stakes in the information ethics debate. The author reports that many government departments are in the process of putting thousands of documents onto their online servers as of December 2004. In summary, the author argues that information governance is about setting the rules and regulations that ensure all information within an organization is used ethically and is in compliance with the legal framework that is law. Information privacy and security are two of the most valuable commodities--information governance goes some way to protect the individual from information abuse.


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