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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/4637


Title: Security, privacy, and confidentiality issues on the Internet
Authors: Kelly, Grant
McKenzie, Bruce
Keywords: Tutorial
Access to Information
Computer Security
Confidentiality
Data Collection
Information Services
Informed consent
Internet
Organizational Policy
Privacy
Issue Date: 22-Nov-2002
Publisher: Gunther Eysenbach; Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, Toronto, Canada
Citation: Grant Kelly, Bruce McKenzie. Security, privacy, and confidentiality issues on the Internet. J Med Internet Res 2002;4(2):e12 <URL: http://www.jmir.org/2002/2/e12/>
Abstract: [This item is a preserved copy and is not necessarily the most recent version. To view the current item, visit http://www.jmir.org/2002/2/e12/ ] We introduce the issues around protecting information about patients and related data sent via the Internet. We begin by reviewing three concepts necessary to any discussion about data security in a healthcare environment: privacy, confidentiality, and consent. We are giving some advice on how to protect local data. Authentication and privacy of e-mail via encryption is offered by Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) and Secure Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (S/MIME). The de facto Internet standard for encrypting Web-based information interchanges is Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), more recently known as Transport Layer Security or TLS. There is a public key infrastructure process to `sign' a message whereby the private key of an individual can be used to `hash' the message. This can then be verified against the sender's public key. This ensures the data's authenticity and origin without conferring privacy, and is called a `digital signature'. The best protection against viruses is not opening e-mails from unknown sources or those containing unusual message headers.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/4637
ISSN: 1438-8871
Other Identifiers: doi:10.2196/jmir.4.2.e12
Rights: Copyright (cc) Retained by author(s) under a Creative Commons License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
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