Privacy


Most consumers worry that corporations mishandle their personal information, says a Harris Interactive survey the AICPA and Ernst & Young LLP jointly commissioned to help practitioners better understand privacy risks their clients and employers face. Eighty-four percent of respondents supported requiring companies to obtain independent verification they follow their stated privacy policies. According to the study, Privacy On and Off the Internet: What Consumers Want ( www.aicpa.org/assurance/webtrust/what.htm ), consumers’ top three concerns are corporations’ unapproved sharing of their personal information with other companies, insufficient security for business transactions and the potential theft of confidential data.

SPONSORED REPORT

A new line of business to consider

Technology assessments may open the door to new engagement opportunities for your firm. What is a technology assessment? How do you perform one? JofA Tech Q&A author J. Carlton Collins shows you in a detailed explanation.

FEATURE

Maximizing the higher education tax credits

A counterintuitive strategy can save taxes by including otherwise excludable scholarships in gross income.