The Prevention and Mitigation of Breaches of Personal Information Databases: A Theoretical Framework

Journal of Technologies and Human Usability, 11(1), 1-17

20 Pages Posted: 19 Oct 2014 Last revised: 15 Jan 2015

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Susan Sproule

Brock University - Goodman School of Business

Francine Vachon

Brock University,Goodman School of Business

Date Written: January 9, 2015

Abstract

It seems that everything, from our cars to the search engines we use, collects information about us and our activities. Breaches compromising personal information are an unfortunate by-product of our modern information-intensive society. In this paper, we examine previous research on this problem from diverse perspectives. We then develop an interdisciplinary framework that examines parties involved, benefits derived by each party, losses from a breach and the ability of each party to mitigate losses. Within this framework, appropriate economic theories are extended to other types of breaches and frauds.

Keywords: Cyber-law, data breach, database, negative externalities, liability, loss allocation rules, public policy, privacy, privacy by design, data security

JEL Classification: D18, D39, D23, D62, D78, D73, D82, D83, F42, K29, K42, L86, M14, M19, O3, O33, O34, O38

Suggested Citation

Sproule, Susan and Vachon, Francine, The Prevention and Mitigation of Breaches of Personal Information Databases: A Theoretical Framework (January 9, 2015). Journal of Technologies and Human Usability, 11(1), 1-17. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2511603

Susan Sproule

Brock University - Goodman School of Business ( email )

500 Glenridge Avenue
International Business and Strategy
St. Catherine's, Ontario L2S 3A1
Canada

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Francine Vachon (Contact Author)

Brock University,Goodman School of Business ( email )

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St. Catharines, Ontario L2S 3A1
Canada
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HOME PAGE: http://brocku.ca/goodman/faculty-research/faculty-directory/francine-vachon/

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