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Four takeaways from the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce panel

I was honored to be part of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce hosted a panel discussion entitled The Convergence of Technology & Banking: Security & Compliance. The panel consisted of Andrew Obuchowski, Jr. of McGladrey LLP, Patrick Whelan of All Covered, Tom Neclerio of SilverSky, and me. While the subjects discussed were wide ranging, there were some themes that were repeated throughout the conversation. Continue reading this post…

Posted on November 17, 2014 by Bob Siegel - No Comments

 


Giving Privacy a Hand

Or just your finger in this case.

Today for lunch, I went to Wendy’s.  I strolled up to the counter and, when the cashier took my order, I noticed something awesome.  The person running the register had to use their thumb to access the terminal.  This is sheer genius, I had to know more.
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Change is Good, but Change is Difficult

One of the most important aspects of a privacy program is making sure that your customers and other stakeholders understand any changes that are made to your privacy policy and notice.  If they know what you are doing, and you are transparent about it, generally you will be able to have positive interactions with your customers and continue providing a great service.  Sometimes, though, it can be met with a lot of resistance.  I want to take a look at the latter, and see what we can learn.

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Posted on October 29, 2014 by Ben Siegel - No Comments

 


Breached: a round up of data breaches

Kmart, Goodwill, Home Depot, JP Morgan Chase, PF Chang’s, ACME Financial, Cedars Sinai, Supervalu (twice), Jimmy John’s, Dairy Queen and American Family Care are all included in the list of recently reported data breaches. These events should bring several questions to the mind of anyone overseeing a privacy program: Continue reading this post…

Posted on October 15, 2014 by Bob Siegel - No Comments

 


A First Timer’s Privacy Academy

Six months ago, I attended my first IAPP Summit in Washington D.C.  In September, I went to the 2014 IAPP Privacy Academy in San Jose; I have to say that I got a lot more out of this event.  This had very little to do with the actual content and people there, and more to do with my understanding and preparation for the event.
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Posted on October 14, 2014 by Ben Siegel - No Comments
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Is your organization prepared for a data breach?

Most companies have a crisis communication plan stashed somewhere. Whether it’s policies and procedures reviewed monthly or updated on a yearly basis, companies must prepare for worst-case scenarios. But has your company prepared for a data breach; when your customer’s private and financial information is compromised and/or stolen?
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Privacy Awareness: Training lays the foundation

A successful privacy awareness program includes ongoing activities to keep privacy “top of mind” for the members of an organization. It supplements a privacy training program that conveys information in a formal learning environment. For an awareness program to meet its goals, a training program must prove the foundation for your privacy program. Continue reading this post…

Posted on September 7, 2014 by Bob Siegel - No Comments
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You Cannot Spell Privacy Without Generation Y

This September, the IAPP is holding a Young Privacy Professionals event during their Privacy Academy in San Jose.  I was given the opportunity to assist in putting this event together, and believe it will be a great way to meet other young privacy professionals.  Most importantly, it shows an investment in the future of privacy.
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Posted on September 2, 2014 by Ben Siegel - No Comments

 


Wearable Recording Devices and Invasion of Privacy

Wearable recording technologies will prove enormously useful in many circumstances. Their use is not inherently incompatible with personal privacy. Nevertheless, they will make possible eavesdropping and common-law invasions of privacy on an unprecedented scale, to the point where these technologies will eventually force a redefinition of what the common law recognizes as private.
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Is your organization “privacy aware”?

Every time I read the news it seems there is a new data breach impacting client or employee privacy.  Just last week UPS, Supervalu, Community Health Systems, North Dakota University, Shaw’s / Star Market  / Albertson’s, and Schnucks have all been mentioned in articles related to new or recent data breaches.  Of course there are also the ongoing articles discussing the costs and other ramifications of the Target breach.

According to the Ponemon Institute‘s 2013 Cost of a Data Breach Study: Global Analysis, 35% of all data breaches due to to a human factor such as a negligent employee or contractor. Breaches attributed to human factors can be avoided by improving your privacy awareness program. Continue reading this post…

Posted on August 24, 2014 by Bob Siegel - No Comments
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Four takeaways from the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce panel
I was honored to be part of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce hosted a panel discussion entitled The Convergence of Technology & Banking: Security & Compliance. The panel consisted of Andrew Obuchowski, Jr. of McGladrey LLP, Patrick Whelan of All Covered, Tom Neclerio of SilverSky, and me. While the subjects discussed were wide ranging, there were some themes that were repeated throughout the conversation. Continue reading this post...

Giving Privacy a Hand
Or just your finger in this case. Today for lunch, I went to Wendy’s.  I strolled up to the counter and, when the cashier took my order, I noticed something awesome.  The person running the register had to use their thumb to access the terminal.  This is sheer genius, I had to know more. Continue reading this post...

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