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Oral Privacy Requirements

Written by Josh Dodes
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At the outset of a new century, oral privacy requirements have never been stricter or more essential. After all, with peculiarly modern scourges such as identity theft on the rise, companies cannot be too careful about protecting the confidentiality of their clients and their employees. But in offices that are more frequently subdivided with cubicles than with walls, how can companies hope to meet tougher oral privacy requirements?

As is so often the case, modern technology provides the answer to this difficult dilemma. By updating the decades-old notion of white-noise sound masking to meet today's more open workplaces, a handful of innovative manufacturers have made it possible for companies to increase privacy without washing the entire workplace in white noise. Understanding the means by which these innovators have accomplished this task depends upon a clearer understanding of speech privacy.

Meeting 21st Century Oral Privacy Requirements

Meeting modern oral privacy requirements in open workspaces does not require drowning out confidential information. Rather, it depends upon rendering that information unintelligible. By employing highly targeted, space- and cost-efficient devices to simply "fill in" the sonic frequencies surrounding a speaker's normal voice, the premier manufacturers in the business have created financial and medical office privacy systems that maintain both privacy and quiet.

With governmental regulations such as HIPAA and GLBA codifying privacy practices that were already becoming essential, the time to update your privacy system has never been better. I encourage you to explore your full range of options, and to do as much research as you can. And then I encourage you to make a decision that will protect your employees and clients for years to come.


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