The Markle Foundation published a new report last week entitled “Implementing a Trusted Information Sharing Environment: Using Immutable Audit Logs to Increase Security, Trust, and Accountability.” It provides an interesting overview of immutable audit logs and their potential for enabling privacy and user trust in the government’s information-sharing activities.
From the executive summary:
Widespread adoption of a trusted information sharing environment (ISE) requires that users have confidence in the security of the system. To promote confidence and trust in the ISE and to help govern information sharing, the ISE should incorporate robust security and audit features, including immutable audit logs (IALs). The ability to maintain tamper-resistant logs of user activity on the network can increase security, build trust among users, ensure compliance with relevant policies and guidelines, and improve transparency and the ability to perform oversight by appropriate stakeholders outside of the system.
For those interested in security, privacy and information-sharing issues, it’s definitely worth a read.