IBM Launches Privacy Consulting Unit
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IBM Corp. Thursday became the latest company to address computer privacy issues and comply with upcoming European regulations, by launching a joint privacy consulting service with the Privacy Consulting Group (PCG).
The new service is designed to help businesses identify their privacy strengths and weaknesses, and help them create, assess and monitor their information privacy policies and procedures. The service will be provided for both American and international companies
Specifically, IBM and PCG will help businesses comply with the European Union (EU) Directive on Data Protection that takes effect Oct. 24. The directive requires EU member states to adopt and enforce uniform privacy laws. Companies not meeting the requirements could be prohibited from transferring information outside the EU unless specific requirements are met.
"Practically every company doing business on the Web today collects some kind of personal data with each transaction," said Neil Isford, vice president, e-business services at IBM Global Services. "Knowing the right way to collect, manage and protect the privacy of this data is becoming increasingly important for all businesses--large and small."
The Privacy Consulting group is led by privacy authority Alan Westin and attorney Robert Belair.