The General Data Privacy Regulations, GDPR, are less than a year away. Businesses around the world actively participating in the markets of the European Union are scrambling to comply with the new law. We at Privacy Ref have been looking at how to best assess an organization’s readiness for compliance with the different articles of GDPR and have found an easy to understand way to meet this challenge. Continue reading this post…Posted on June 14, 2017 by Ben Siegel - No Comments
I recently received an email that I knew was a fishing email after five seconds of inspection. It wasn’t anything flashy that gave it away, just a slew of telltale signs that it wasn’t an authentic message, but some malicious correspondence meant to take advantage of a less informed individual. It can be broken down into a number of steps that show just how quickly you can identify a scam email. Continue reading this post…Posted on June 7, 2017 by Ben Siegel - No Comments
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
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
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
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
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.]
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
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.
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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