Privacy Handbook: Guidelines, Exposures, Policy Implementation and International Issues. By Albert J. Marcella Jr. and Carol Stucki; published by John Wiley and Sons, 877/762-2974 (phone), www.wiley.com (Web); 384 pages; $85.
Privacy. Perhaps no other term carries such political freight and means so many different things to so many people. In the field of security, privacy is always a critical, and often countervailing, consideration.
In this handbook, the authors draw on their vast collective experience to create a resource to assist readers in understanding this complex subject. Three major themes predominate: defining privacy, identifying laws and resources on privacy, and applying these laws and resources to real life.
The authors present a clear explanation of privacy--what it is, to what it may apply, and why it is important. The listing of resources and laws on specific privacy issues is helpful as well, including advocacy groups and organizations that can explain such laws as the USA Patriot Act.
In an impressive bit of research, the authors list 53 countries with privacy laws or regulations, along with Web sites for each. As to application of privacy information, the authors offer realistic guidelines for developing privacy policies and explain how to identify privacy threats and thwart invasions of privacy.
Not only is the information solid, it is also conveyed well. In a clear style, the authors offer well-defined and well-researched topics while avoiding jargon. Graphics such as Web pages and cartoons reinforce many points. For someone looking for an introductory or intermediate guide to privacy, this book is strongly recommended.
Reviewer: Joseph J. Jaksa, CPP, is vice president of business development for Teachout Security Services, Flint, Michigan. He is a member of ASIS International.