Outsourcing Data, Not Accountability
DATA PROTECTION—U.S.June 23, 2010
Computer data centers are becoming more common--as is outsourcing data storage--and some privacy experts are cautioning companies to make sure the data is adequately protected. "When a company is hiring one of these data centers, they need to remember they can outsource responsibility for the data but they cannot outsource accountability," said Marilyn Prosch, an expert in privacy at Arizona State University. The Arizona Republic reports that centers protect the equipment by removing exterior doorknobs and installing video cameras, but transferring and protecting data is the responsibility of center customers. Prosch advises that companies check into certifications, policies and employee training programs and make sure that contracts clearly outline data handling and protection.