What if a professor loses his laptop containing sensitive information about students while he is on vacation in Africa? Or a company’s internal database with private employee information is inadvertently exposed to the world on an external Web site?

What happens if backup computer tapes are lost en route to an offsite storage site and it is unclear whether the information on them is protected by encryption? Or what if, by mistake, a company sends out a bill to one customer that includes private information about other customers?

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