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Opinion: Are Fines Effective in Changing Practices?

DATA RETENTION—U.S.

May 23, 2013

In an op-ed for IT World, Paul Kapustka wonders whether fines are any incentive at all for large corporations to change their data retention practices. While acknowledging the importance of protecting data and allowing government access to it when necessary, Kapustka writes, “I don't see how dinging a company a million bucks for losing a laptop is going to make corporations comply. If it's easier and cheaper to circumvent the process, like water, they'll find that path. Isn't it better to figure out now how to have rules that make sense for a more-mobile world where locking down data may be next to impossible?”
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