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Subject: Re: Records Ownership Question
From: "Richard G. King Jr." <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Thu, 29 Nov 2001 23:25:25 -0700

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If your question is who owns the records in a private business (I hope that's the question) then I would answer that they are an asset of the company.  This has recently gotten complicated by defunct dot-coms trying to sell subscriber lists and personal information as an "asset" in bankruptcy when they had promised confidentiality to customers.  Dick King, University of Arizona and my opinion only.

Anna Truman wrote:

> Hi all.  This is not my problem, per se, but a reference question I got.  I'm at a state funded institution so the state laws on records ownership apply here.  My question is, is there anything on the books that anyone knows of that would apply to a private institution - or, am I correct in assuming that such a regulation would have to come from inside the institution - it might be understood, but as a rule, it would have to come from some governing board or laid out someplace in a job description or something similar?
> Thanks,
> Anna K. Truman
> Records Specialist
> University of Cincinnati
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