John Montana

The Dilemma of Democracy and Information – Double Edged Swords from out of Pandora’s Box

A number of recent stories illustrate the possibilities and perils of 21st-century information technologies. I recently discussed Hillary Clinton’s email troubles, but there are other recent stories that continue and illustrate this trend.

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Brexit and its effect on Information Governance

There’s a hoary old saying that you learn in law school: “the law is a seamless web”. What’s meant by this is that, although you study law as a series of discrete, siloed topics, it’s all really one big thing, and all interrelated.

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John Montana

The MIDAS touch

A couple of weeks ago, it was revealed that the Multidimensional Insurance Data Analytics System, or MIDAS, the database used by the Obamacare system, maintains its data permanently. The data in question includes a wide variety of personal information, including insurance applications, personal financial information related to qualification for federal subsidies, and Medicare eligibility information. There’s no question, being as the database itself is used purely for the purpose of conducting insurance transactions, that the data in question is related to an insurance transaction. And the data in question doesn’t just involve current enrollees, either. If you go even partway through the application process, your data is there, apparently forever.

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The Dodd Frank Conflict Minerals Certification Provision

Conflicts, What Conflicts?

One of the more obscure provisions of the Dodd Frank Act that’s coming up on a lot of organizations is the conflict minerals certification provision found at section 1502.

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