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[DDN] [Net-Gold] Instant Messages, Lingering Paper Trail : Some Thoughts About Implications
by David P. Dillard

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This post does not seem relevant to issues like libraries, medical
practices, schools and the like until one considers matters like HIPAA and
its requirements for privacy of medical records, virtual reference and
privacy of library customer records, and what teachers may be saying about
their students in IM chat sessions to each other.  Is it wise to be using
IM to communicate in these contexts if their is a retrievable record of
conversations about medical records of individuals, information needs or
academic records?  Are guidelines needed regarding what may be discussed
over this medium given the fact that it may be resulting in archives of
these records, or is legislation needed to protect retrieval of medical
information in stored conversations using this medium and other
confidential information?   Please read George Lessard's post below.



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David Dillard
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Date: Fri, 6 Oct 2006 08:34:02 -0600
From: George Lessard <media@web....>
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To: L8 Media Mentor <mediamentor@yaho...>,
     L9 NetGold <Net-Gold@yaho...>
Subject: [Net-Gold] Instant Messages, Lingering Paper Trail

Instant Messages, Lingering Paper Trail
HP, Foley Cases Illustrate Risk

By Mike Musgrove
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, October 6, 2006; Page A06

<http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/
2006/10/05/AR2006100501594.html?referrer=email>

A shorter URL for the above link:

<http://tinyurl.com/j8qnj>

People who think their instant messages disappear after being sent
should think again.

As the recent scandals involving former Republican congressman Mark
Foley and Hewlett-Packard Co. have brought to light, text messages
sent in real time via computer can be saved and retrieved.

Instant messaging has been growing in popularity, with nearly 79
million users of instant-messaging programs in the United States
during August, according to research firm Nielsen-NetRatings. The
most popular instant-message programs are from AOL, Yahoo Inc. and
Microsoft Corp. and can be used on computers and mobile gadgets such
as cellphones and BlackBerrys.

Many people who take advantage of these free software services
believe their conversations can't be tracked, but that's a
misconception, said Michael Hall, managing editor of the Web site
Instant Messaging Planet.

"Even the most basic instant-messaging software will keep some sort
of archive," he said. "In the Foley case, I noticed there was a lot
of carrying on in the right-wing blogosphere about the fact that
these messages were recorded, [but] it's not odd. . . . Over the Net,
you're never given any guarantees of real privacy."



Sincerely,
David Dillard
Temple University
(215) 204 - 4584
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