Summary of Sub-Group One Report
This Report identifies three possible approaches to the question of
access. They run from a very open proposal to a more constrained approach. They are as
"Total access". This is pretty much what it sounds like. It
suggests that all PII, including non-PII that is capable of being made PII will be
accessible. This includes access to inferred data and proprietary data. Although this is
the most open approach, it is also the most expensive approach. It also runs the risk of
treating on-line companies different from off line firms.
"Default Rule" Approach. This is similar to the total access
approach in that it establishes a default rule in favor of access. It provides many more
assumptions about when data should not be accessible however. Generally, types of inferred
data and proprietary data would be less accessible.
"Case-by-Case" Approach. This approach would essentially
treat different information differently. Each category of information would have different
access rights depending on sensitivity, likely use, source of the information, and holder
of the information. This approach is basically the sliding scale approach we discussed
earlier. It is very difficult to administer, but may allow a more precise weighing of
rights to particular data.
Overall, our report includes the comments we received and reflects the
members views as closely as possible. It does take a very high level look at the
problem, with details remaining to be worked out.