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 December 2, 2009  Posted by  Business

Lawyer David Bender writes:

In dire economic times such as these, companies are scouring their internal functionalities seeking ways to run “leaner and meaner.” Operations and personnel that do not ostensibly contribute to profit are at risk. And nowhere are employees more vulnerable than in New York City, the nation’s center for financial services, an industry particularly devastated.

Because the influence of privacy on profit is not immediately apparent, managers searching for excisable fat will doubtless be attracted to the privacy function, concluding that it makes no contribution to the bottom line. But although many view privacy solely as a legal concept, it often provides important commercial benefits. Where privacy does indeed contribute to profit, chopping away at privacy will be counterproductive, slicing off meat and bone, rather than fat. If management is not educated to this fact, the privacy function will be at unnecessary risk.

There are 11 reasons why privacy may benefit the bottom line, which should be raised with management.

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