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Accountability

You may be interested in how Wells Fargo has been handling the fallout from their recent scandal.  The summary of the incident is that sales personnel at Wells Fargo were so pressured to meet numbers that they created fake accounts using real consumer information. The practice was rampant at the company.  After being fined just short of $200 million by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Wells Fargo’s executive board was faced with new challenges, specifically holding onto their positions on the board. Continue reading this post…

Posted on May 10, 2017 by Ben Siegel - No Comments

 


Planning for Summit 2017

With the IAPP Privacy Summit less than a month away, it is time to start planning what you will be doing there.  If you are going to the Summit this year, there are a large number of sessions, speakers, and exhibitors for you to check out and learn from.  This stands alone from the thousands of attendees, all of whom have some level of privacy expertise and experience that you can learn from. Continue reading this post…

Posted on April 12, 2017 by Ben Siegel - No Comments

 


It’s just a leak

In recent weeks, leaks have been at the forefront of news.  This is mostly in a political spectrum, but it illustrates the importance of managing how information flows through an organization.  There have been examples other than those coming from the White House though. Being non-political in nature, they have different consequences and lessons to be learned. Continue reading this post…

Posted on March 23, 2017 by Ben Siegel - No Comments

 


Your Privacy Resolution

A new year usually means setting a goal to remodel that extra bedroom, cut out caffeine, or finally hit the gym for 30 minutes a day.  This year you have an even greater goal in mind, the improvement of your privacy program.  Here are some great ways to start you on your way to achieving just that. Continue reading this post…

Posted on January 17, 2017 by Ben Siegel - No Comments

 


Happy Data Privacy Day

(Note, this post first appeared in the Operational Privacy blog on CIO.com)

Data Privacy Day (DPD), held every January 28 and coordinated by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), is an international effort highlighting “Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data and Enabling Trust.” DPD provides an opportunity for you to re-enforce these themes within your organization to improve privacy awareness. The result is that you will increase your customer’s trust in your organization while reducing costs and liabilities due to human error while handling personal information. [Disclosure: My company, Privacy Ref Inc., is a sponsor of Data Privacy Day.]

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Posted on by Bob Siegel - No Comments

 


Quick Thoughts on IoT

Recently I saw an interesting image on twitter from @darrencauthon.  The image was a television with an alleged FBI notice notifying the individual that their new smart TV had “suspicious files” and that they were being penalized $500 before they could use their TV again.  All of this is accompanied by legal jargon meant to frighten the user into believing the hoax.  The bottom of the note is even signed by FBI Director James Comey himself apparently.  This is your classic example of ransomware and I immediately had a thought on what may cause this issue. Continue reading this post…

Posted on January 4, 2017 by Ben Siegel - No Comments

 


Thoughts on Passwords and Privacy

Within 24 hours, I have had some interesting interactions with strong, or sometimes not-so-strong, passwords.  I figured now was a good time to go over some of the pitfalls you might encounter when trying to implement a new password policy for your customers or employees.

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Posted on November 10, 2016 by Ben Siegel - No Comments

 


Facebook knows a lot

A few weeks ago, I was auditing a CIPP/US class that Bob Siegel was teaching on behalf of the IAPP.  Someone brought up the idea of openness and allowing individuals access to the data you have about them.  At this point, Bob discussed the principles behind this, such as how the OECD Guidelines approach it.  Bob also mentioned that under GDPR (and the EU Privacy Directive) a user should be able to see and correct information an organization has about them.

Bob then mentioned it would be interesting to see what would happen if I asked a company about what data they had about me.  I immediately thought of Facebook.

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Posted on October 14, 2016 by Ben Siegel - No Comments

 


Social Engineering is a Massive Problem

Recently, a large number of YouTubers and other celebrities have been “hacked” or lost control of their accounts.  The truth of the matter is that they aren’t being hacked, but instead the person taking control of these accounts is just having others do it for them.  The people and groups helping them are not who you think.  They are not hackers, black market data dealers, or even criminals, but they are customer service representatives and other professionals who are meant to protect your data.

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Posted on July 25, 2016 by Ben Siegel - No Comments

 


Playing the Privacy Metagame

If you attended our most recent quarterly data breach review, you probably heard a new term: “metagame.”  The idea, put in its simplest form, is to take information from outside a scenario and use it to influence your choices.  It is amazing how using information that is not necessarily inside your environment can allow you to adjust and prepare for a lot of scenarios.  This in turn keeps you ahead of the game.

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Posted on May 25, 2016 by Ben Siegel - No Comments

 


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Accountability
You may be interested in how Wells Fargo has been handling the fallout from their recent scandal.  The summary of the incident is that sales personnel at Wells Fargo were so pressured to meet numbers that they created fake accounts using real consumer information. The practice was rampant at the company.  After being fined just short of $200 million by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Wells Fargo’s executive board was faced with new challenges, specifically holding onto their positions on the board. Continue reading this post...

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Planning for Summit 2017
With the IAPP Privacy Summit less than a month away, it is time to start planning what you will be doing there.  If you are going to the Summit this year, there are a large number of sessions, speakers, and exhibitors for you to check out and learn from.  This stands alone from the thousands of attendees, all of whom have some level of privacy expertise and experience that you can learn from. Continue reading this post...

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