Whereas, as mentioned by Jones, Andy, Glenn S. Dardick, Gareth Davies, Iain Sutherland, and Craig Valli (2009) “there has also been an increasing trend in the use of the same computer to process and store both the organisation’s and the individuals personal information” therefore in corporate environment the lines are more blurry. For example, if a person uses corporate resources to send and receive Email messages containing private information, does the organization have a potential entitlement for the information?
To thoroughly examine the complexity of data ownership, consider the following scenario. An employee is required to provide medical, credit and personal (previous employment, skills, etc.) information prior to employment. Then, an employer generates information about the employee such as salary, weekly utilization and performance measurement. Finally, during the employment the employee generates information such as documents, software code, idea and thoughts which could be owned by the organization or by the employee itself. The last case is usually covered by an employment contract but the other cases are not always defined by a contract or an applicable legislation.
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