What you don’t know may (pleasantly) surprise you

Today I find myself in Louisville, KY performing a privacy assessment for a client. When visiting clients to perform an assessment, I meet with team members from all parts of the organization. Usually, I am accompanied by someone from the privacy office or legal team. Frequently, my escorts learn...

Protecting kids online – are we doing our best?

I’m trying to work through some thoughts about how companies repeatedly take advantage of consumers’ privacy in the US.  The latest being TikTok, a video sharing app acquired from musical.ly, which has agreed to pay $5.7 million to settle allegations that it collected personal information fr...

In da House (of Representatives)

Recently, the US Congress met to discuss privacy protections from the perspective of a federal regulation. One of the most discussed topics was GDPR and whether it works or not. A lot was said, and I was pretty disappointed with the overall lack of nuance with regards to understanding what privac...

CNIL’s Google Fine of 50 million Euros

The announcement from CNIL about their decision to fine Google provide a valuable insight into the thinking of Supervisory Authorities when it comes to transparency (notice) and consent. Google’s vulnerability to fine is attributed to the complexity of their privacy notice and terms of service. T...

In praise of a privacy compliance program

Lack of compliance reviews exposes your organization to legal and reputation risk. Putting a compliance program in place with a combination of audits, assessments, and attestations will help reduce this exposure.

Political Campaigns Need Privacy Policies and Training

When I made the transition from working in American Politics to learning about Privacy, the first tidbit of information I was given was that there was a difference in terminology between the American  and the European practice. In America, we use the term Privacy but in Europe they use the term D...

How I Got Into Privacy

One of the questions I receive, mostly from my wife’s family and students considering their future careers, is how I got into privacy. It’s an interesting topic for me. I am a huge nerd, this is no secret, and my passion for games has played a huge part in my growth as a privacy pro.

Looking to 2019 Privacy Plans

2018 was a very eventful and active year for privacy professionals. As we come to the end, I have been discussing what plans are being put in place for 2019 with our clients. If their plans are any indication, 2019 will have privacy professionals busier than ever.

My path towards privacy

My path towards a career in the privacy field was a circuitous route. As a perennially engaged Political Organizer and activist, information privacy and data management would not have been the most obvious path for my next endeavor. However, after serving on a campaign that featured the most famo...