ERIC Number: ED184560
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Computer Science and Technology: Computers, Personnel Administration, and Citizen Rights. Final Report.
Westin, Alan F.
This study of computer use and privacy issues in personnel administration was conducted through an examination of pre-computer patterns of employer information collection and record-keeping about job applicants, employees, and former employees, noting the prevailing rules of organizational policy and law that governed the use of such data before computerization began; an examination of where and how EDP systems have been used during the past two decades for personnel administration in government, business, and the nonprofit sector; an identification of the impact of EDP uses on employee rights of privacy, confidentiality, and individual access; an analysis of current policy issues involving the use of employee data; and a presentation of alternative policy options for organizational leaders, computer managers, regulatory bodies, legislators, judges, and public interest groups concerned with this field. The study's methodology included an analysis of published literature and reports; interviews with a wide range of organizational managers, systems developers, public-interest groups, and others; a detailed on-site examination of three major organizations (the US Civil Service Commission, US Air Force, and the Bank of America); and a draft-review conference with representative academic experts, organization managers, technologists, and public interest groups. (Author)
Descriptors: Civil Liberties, Confidential Records, Data Collection, Data Processing, Databases, Federal Legislation, Personnel Management, Privacy
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402 (Stock No. 003-003-02087-7, $8.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Bureau of Standards (DOC), Washington, DC. Inst. for Computer Sciences and Technology.
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Dept. of Political Science.