My Year 12 students have just finished their final outcome of their Information Technology Applications course which was all about important information is to organisations. Specifically we looked at the strategies used by organisations to store, communicate and dispose of their data and information. We also examined the nature of threats to this data and information, whether accidental, deliberate or technical and used evaluation criteria to consider the subsequent consequences for ineffective information management strategies. Students recommend information management strategies to protect the integrity and security of data and information, taking into account key legal obligations of organisations and any ethical dilemmas faced by organisations and individuals regarding security of information.
The key legislation that we covered included the Privacy Act 1988, Information Privacy Act 2000, Health Records Act 2001, Copyright Act 1968, Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (VIC) (sections 13, 14 and 15) and the Spam Act 2003 (Part 1.3, Simplified outline).
A great article that I found whilst reading the Age online this morning is specifically about the Spam Act 2003 and how a specific nightclub has been fined $15,000 for sending SMS (Short Message System) spam to their patrons.
Another article based around this topic is about the latest huge rise in phishing spam on text messages
Spammers flaunt their criminality on ABC TV
This shows that in this everchanging technological word that our information both private and also public can be used to the advantage of organisations / people with the intent to destroy the image of others. If you are ever asked to be apart of an organisations mailing list (including clubs and bars) make sure that you clearly understanding what they are asking you to do.
As a potential either business owner or customer of these business we need to always take care with our information whether it is purchasing goods at the local department store or on eBay. As I have shown in the articles and video above it can be very easy for information to be obtained.
Till next time