Skip to main content

Management 490C : Advanced Topics in Management and Business: Privacy

Case Study

The Ledbetter Case: Records in the Public Domain

This image is the work of a U.S. Army solider or employee taken or made during the course of the person's official duties. As a work of the Federal Government Huddie_Ledbetter_Draft_Registration_Card_1942this image is in the public domain. Huddie William Ledbetter (Jan. 20, 1888 - Dec. 6, 1949) was an iconic American Folk and blues musician. He is best known as Lead Belly.(Source: Wikipedia) Between November 1940 and October 1946, Lead Belly was one of over 10 million American men registered in an indexed collection of the draft cards from the Fourth Registration. This is the only registration currently available to the public (due to privacy laws). The Fourth Registration, a.k.a. "old man's registration", was conducted on 27 April 1942 and registered men born on or between 28 April 1877 and 16 February 1897 who were not already in the military.

Image credit: Huddie William Ledbetter, aka "Lead Belly," WWII Draft Registration Card at Wikimedia Commons

Privacy Laws That Affect Colorado Residents

Framing the Research Statement

Privacy issues may cross several domains, respecting, individuals, employees, employers, laws and governmental functions. These issues can often be competing, compelling or have a basis in law. They may arise as a result of behaviors by individuals or commercial interests. They may have a common law basis or occur as a result of actions to enforce certain rights which may be seen as either moral or legal rights. In some matters of privacy, the Federal government and the States may have competing interests.

Think about a privacy issue that interests you. Then begin an environmental scan of the boundaries of that issue. Examples of such issues are:

  • What would be a compelling individual right to privacy in the context of a business venture?
  • How could the use of social internet networking compete with the interests of a business?
  • What is the role of whistleblowers in a society where privacy rights are often paramount?

Colorado Laws Respecting Privacy

"HIPAA", the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, also known as the Kennedy-Kassebaum Act, was passed by Congress in 1996. 

  • Addresses several concerns including (1) improved portability & continuity of health insurance; (2) reduced waste, fraud and abuse; (3) more use of medical savings accounts; (4) improved access to long-term care services; (5) simplified administration of health insurance.
  • Directly impacts the Colorado (CO) Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, the CO Medicaid Program, clients and health care providers
  • It has helped improve security of health care information, privacy for recipients of health care services and to significant and continuing improvements in the administrative efficiency of health care throughout the U.S.

Sample of Full-Text, Online Journals on Privacy and Technology