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Does your call center share too much personal information?

If you have done business with a company and reach out to their call center, how do they authenticate who you are? Do they ask you for personal information or ask you to verify personal information? Continue reading this post…

Posted on July 17, 2014 by Bob Siegel - 1 Comment
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A First Timer’s Assessment

Assessments are an important part of implementing and maintaining a strong privacy policy for your organization. Earlier this year, I went along for an assessment that Privacy Ref was doing for one of our clients. What made this even more interesting was that it was a reassessment to see how policies and procedures had changed from the previous assessment. Continue reading this post…

Posted on July 8, 2014 by Ben Siegel - No Comments
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A First Timer Prepares for (and Passes) the IAPP Foundation Exam

Studying for any exam is nerve racking. Students always have questions, such as the following:

 
I asked all of these when I began preparing for the IAPP Foundation exam.
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Posted on June 29, 2014 by Ben Siegel - No Comments
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You can lead a friend to water…

Yes, I admit I have a Facebook account. I even belong to a group or two. One of a group’s members seemed to be asking for way to much personal information over the past few weeks, but the other members really don’t seem to care. Continue reading this post…

Posted on June 20, 2014 by Bob Siegel - No Comments
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Technology cannot address all privacy concerns

On any given day there are seminars, webinars, and other talks about security’s role in protecting an enterprise’s information. Each one I attend seems to focus on how technology can save the day, but I suggest that technology cannot be the entire answer. Continue reading this post…

Posted on April 28, 2014 by Bob Siegel - 1 Comment
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A First Timer’s Look at the 2014 IAPP Summit

As a first timer to the IAPP Summit, I have to say it was a great experience. I met with many privacy professionals and learned about some great ways others have dealt with their organizations privacy issues. The keynotes were exceptional and the different sessions I went to were extremely informative especially to someone new to the privacy field such as myself. Overall, it gave me a great idea of the direction the industry is moving, and it looks promising. Continue reading this post…

Posted on March 16, 2014 by Ben Siegel - No Comments
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Business and wearable technology

Over the past few weeks I have been wearing my Google Glass in public. The experiences have been invaluable to my understanding of the privacy implications of wearable technology. Lately I have been giving some thought to the business policy challenges the technology presents. Continue reading this post…

Posted on February 17, 2014 by Bob Siegel - No Comments
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My first wearable technology adventures

Over the past few weeks I have started to wear my Google Glass in public. The experiences have been invaluable to my understanding of the privacy implications of wearable technology. My evolving perspective on wearable technology has been somewhat unexpected. Continue reading this post…

Posted on January 5, 2014 by Bob Siegel - 4 Comments
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Three thoughts on recent privacy breaches

The end of 2013 has brought a flurry of privacy breaches, some big, some small, each with their own circumstances, each with their own implications. Here are three thoughts from the past few weeks.
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Posted on December 29, 2013 by Bob Siegel - 1 Comment
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A Privacy Pro and Wearable Technology

Privacy professionals, including myself, have been warning of the dangers to privacy from wearable technology. The concerns I have been expressing have been based on reported product capabilities, anecdotal evidence, and published reports. So when I had the opportunity to join the Google Glass Explorer program, I jumped at the chance.
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Posted on December 22, 2013 by Bob Siegel - 2 Comments
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