There's an old idiom about how "no good deed goes unnoticed." That may be truer today than ever, where good deed doers--volunteer soccer coaches, Sunday School teachers, classroom helpers, and others--find themselves not only noticed, but also investigated, fingerprinted, and recorded in the databases and on the desktops of recreation directors, church secretaries, and superintendents of school before they even hit the field, the church, or the classroom.

Background checks have become increasingly popular in this world of heightened insecurity, and their pervasiveness sometimes comes at a cost to privacy.

We explore this phenomenon and the growing popularity of DNA databases in this month's issue of Inside 1to1: Privacy. Both raise questions that are forcing organizations to consider privacy impacts.

Also this month we take a close look at privacy in the midst of a recession. As Larry Dobrow finds out, privacy and security have spared the axe that has fallen on so many other areas of companies worldwide.

The worldwide economic recession is something we will continue to pay close attention to. At our upcoming Privacy Summit  (March 11-13 in Washington, DC), two breakout sessions deal directly with the topic:  Privacy in the Enterprise: Responding to the Downturn; and, What Has the Recent Economic and Financial Crisis Meant for Your Privacy Office? The latter session will include a discussion on the results of the recent "Enterprise @ Risk 2009 Privacy & Data Protection Survey."

An audio conference, available on our Web site, explores the topic, as well. "Privacy Training Today - Thinking Smartly and Working Economically" helps participants find creative ways to embark on effective privacy training in a frugal fashion.

Despite privacy's relative resilience during the current recession, there is no question that budgets are rightly under increasing scrutiny. IAPP audio conferences are an affordable way for members and non-members to learn (and accumulate CPE credits) in areas of interest. Watch our offerings in this area grow as we continue to diversify educational products and services to suit a greater variety of budgets.

J. Trevor Hughes, CIPP

Executive Director, IAPP


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