The Private Database

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CitationTerm paper presented to Computer Science 692 at Yale in Spring 2004
AuthorsAshley Green
Bobby Vellanki


The revolution of the Internet and data storage architectures has increased the ability to collect and maintain large amounts of data at high speeds. While these technologies have facilitated major advancements in industries such as medicine, finance, education and retail, the unforeseen consequences are just beginning to surface. Consequently, data subjects are beginning to worry about the protection of the sensitive information they distribute to companies who claim to safeguard their data. In order to address these concerns, solutions are needed that go beyond the scope of policy. Privacy policies need to be both legally adopted and technologically implemented in order to protect data. The purpose of this paper is to discuss current solutions, highlight their weaknesses and discuss possible alternative approaches to the protection of sensitive information at the database level.

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