Privacy Guidelines

The Federal Trade Commission’s Fair Information Practices (FIP) has been one of the most impactful documents for establishing privacy guidelines. It is built on five core principles.

  1. Notice: This means an organization must disclose their information practices to users in some way before collecting any data.

  2. Consent: This allows customers to choose how their data will be used. These first two, notice and consent, are core principles of FIP, and many of us encounter them on a daily basis. For example, every time you link an account or a new app to your Facebook profile, you are notified as to what information will be accessed on your profile and you must grant permission before you can continue.

  3. Access: This enables users to review or contest the accuracy of their information that has been collected.

  4. Security: This requires organizations collecting information to uphold security measures to ensure that customer information is safe and accurate.

  5. Enforcement: FIP includes some elements of enforcement to ensure legal remedies for violations of the fair information practices.

The information in this blog post was gathered from:  Laudon, K. C. (n.d.). Management Information Systems (15th ed., Vol. 2.0). Pearson. 2017.