Personal Information From Above

As a child growing up in New York City I always wanted to go to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The floats, the balloons, the clowns, the celebrities, the marching bands, the scraps of personal information….wait…personal information?

Intellectual Property and your Privacy Program

One of the people to follow on Twitter is John Fontana (@JohnFontana), a self described  “Evangelist for identity; also cloud, security for PingIdentity. ZDNet blogger. Tapping social media tools and reporting news of the day. Rando skier, cyclist”. In a recent exchange of tweets with...

Will Sandy cause a privacy nightmare?

The images coming from the New York metropolitan area this week have been mind numbing. Having grown up in the Rockaways has driven home the impact of the devastation that one storm has caused.  If you know of someone caught in the middle of all this, I hope they have fared well in the grand sche...

The value in personal information

Most of the broadcast news over the past few nights has understandably focused on Hurricane Sandy and the aftermath. However, it was another story that caught my attention because of the use of personal information by law enforcement. It reminded me that with all the privacy concerns we struggle ...

Having a privacy policy is just a start

Consumers, both business and individual, not only expect your organization to have a privacy policy, they also expect you to regularly train your staff, enforce the policy, and assess the overall health of the privacy program.. A company’s privacy policies, processes, and oversight reflect ...

Two reactions from customers to a data breach

TD Bank has notified their customers of a data breach through the  loss of a backup tape. Initial reports have said that the tapes contain  the account information and Social Security numbers of more than 267,000 customers on the US East Coast. The tape was not encrypted so, while the bank is una...

Your staff needs to be “privacy aware”

When it is all said and done, no matter what policies you put in place, no mater what procedures you define, no matter what documentation has been written to support your privacy program, it is worthless unless your organization’s staff is knows that these tools exist making them “pri...

Do you really need that customer personal information?

How often have you been asked to fill out a form in a professional’s office and there is space for your social security number causing you to wonder “why do they need that?” Often, if you ask, you fill find that the office staff has no idea, it has just always been done that way...