Study on the Business Case for Proactive Privacy Protection Ongoing in UK

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The UK Information Commissioners’ Office recently announced that it has commissioned a three-month research project to support the business case for investing in proactive privacy protection. The discussion document will be available here on August 14, 2009, and there will an opportunity to provide feedback online. More details can be seen at this link. It will be interesting to see whether the same business incentives for privacy protection that are commonly acknowledged in the US are those that will be recognized in the UK — ethics, customer and public goodwill, avoidance of legal liability, forestalling further government regulation, efficiency, and contribution to the bottom line.