On Record: Files and Dossiers in American Life

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Stanton Wheeler
Transaction Publishers, Dec 31, 2011 - Law - 421 pages
On Record provides descriptive accounts of record-keeping in a variety of important organizations: schools and universities; consumer credit agencies, general business organizations, and life insurance companies; military and security agencies; the Census Bureau and the Social Security Administration; public welfare agencies, juvenile courts, and mental hospitals. It also examines the legal status of records. The authors address questions such as: Who determines what records are kept? Who has access to the records? To what extent do the records follow an individual? What are some of the dangers and pitfalls in record-keeping? Throughout the volume, the authors show a concern for an appropriate balance between the need for information about people and protection against undue invasions of privacy. The introduction of electronic databases since the original publication of this book makes the issues raised in this seminal collection even more timely.

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RecordKeeping in Elementary and Secondary Schools
The Dossier in Colleges and Universities
Some Selective Comparisons of Law
The Dossier in Consumer Credit
RecordKeeping and Corporate Employees
Personal Information in Insurance Files
The Census Bureau and the Social Security Administration
The Dossier in Military Organization
Security Investigations
RecordKeeping and the Intake Process in a Public Welfare Agency
Records in the Juvenile Court
Case Records in the Mental Hospital
Legal Control of the Dossier

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Stanton Wheeler (1930-2007) was Ford Foundation Professor Emeritus of Law and the Social Sciences and professorial lecturer in law at Yale Law School. He was widely recognized for his leadership in integrating law and social science and was best known for his work in the fields of white-collar crimes and prison systems. He authored ten books including Social Science in the Making, Sitting in Judgment, and Crimes of the Middle Classes.

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