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Thanks for Not Sharing

Over the course of the last 9 months my wife and I have been keeping some information to ourselves.  We have only told close friends and family. If you haven’t guessed it yet, we are having a baby.  Now, this seems like something you would share with everyone and not really be too concerned.  It is great news and everyone should be incredibly excited to talk about it. Given who I work for I had to look at this from a more privacy laden way.

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Posted on April 2, 2015 by Ben Siegel - No Comments

 


Radio Shack’s Privacy Notice Oversight

rshacklogoGrowing up I spent a good amount of time at Radio Shack. I liked to “play” with electronics just to understand how things worked. It always bothered me that they asked for my zip code for every transaction, but they still got my money. That may be in part why I became a privacy professional.

I continued to visit the chain in recent years, mostly for batteries and replacement parts. How was I to know that, in spite of their privacy notice, Radio Shack would eventually try to sell my personal information during their bankruptcy. Continue reading this post…

Posted on March 26, 2015 by Bob Siegel - No Comments
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Do Not Adjust Your TV

Along with all the information provided by sponsors and champions of this years Data Privacy Day, Privacy Ref’s Bob Siegel spoke with Lee Nelson of WCSH 6 in Portland, Maine.  They covered topics such as why and how businesses should go about protecting the information of their customers and some of the new threats that may be seen in the near future.
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Posted on February 19, 2015 by Ben Siegel - No Comments

 


Resuscitating privacy

Over the past several months (or longer) I have read that privacy is dead. Usually these articles appear right after a major data breach. The articles acknowledge that the data that was lost potentially causing identity theft, credit card charges, filing of false tax returns, and other bad things to happen. There is nothing you can do to stop it.

After reading so many of these articles (opinions?), I feel like I have just got on a plane with with Doug & Wendy Whiner. Maybe it is time we acted like emergency room doctors instead of funeral directors.

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Posted on February 16, 2015 by Bob Siegel - No Comments

 


Data Privacy Day 2015 Tips Round Up

dpd_englishPrivacy Ref is a proud sponsor of Data Privacy Day 2015. Data Privacy Day (DPD), celebrated annually on Jan. 28, is an international effort centered on “Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data and Enabling Trust.”

As part of that celebration we counted down 20 days to Data Privacy Day with a “Privacy Tip of the Day”. We have collected all of these tips here.
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Posted on February 8, 2015 by Ben Siegel - No Comments

 


What do we mean by “onboarding”?

Onboarding is the process through which new employees acquire the skills, behaviors and knowledge to become effective members of an organization.
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5 Privacy Priorities for Business for 2015

In 2014 there seemed to be a new data breach every week. Be it credit card data, student information, social security numbers, or corporate intellectual property, the personal information of any business’s clients, employees, or of the business itself were exposed. Here are 5 priorities that you should consider for your business as we embark on 2015.
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Posted on January 1, 2015 by Bob Siegel - No Comments
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Big HIPAA 6

A few weeks ago, my wife and I decided to see a movie.  We both agreed on Big Hero 6, which is a Disney movie, but a quick look found that it was also based off a Marvel series as well.  I can say I enjoyed the film, but working in the privacy world on a daily basis got me thinking about one premise of the movie.  The robot in the film, which is designed and programmed to assist in medical care, can scan humans, discovering everything from small scratches and bumps to the amount of serotonin in your body at the moment.  That got me thinking about the implications to HIPAA or other privacy concerns that come with this.

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Posted on December 11, 2014 by Ben Siegel - No Comments

 


Lessons Learned (or Not) From the Target Breach

My shopping list was eclectic: a birthday toy for my nephew, shampoo, dog food, and some holiday themed hand towels.  I needed to make the most of my time and budget during this particularly hurried time of the year.  The most logical answer?  Yes, you guessed it.  Target.   As  much as I wanted to resist patronizing the store that had become the pariah of the privacy world, I gave in.  The giant red bulls eye beckoned me, promising to contain everything I needed (plus other items that I didn’t know I needed until I saw them on the endcaps), all in one convenient location.

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“Their Office Is Down the Hall”

A number of years ago, I sat in a conference room, slacked jawed, at a response given by a senior manager from an Information Technology team to a federal examiner.  The examiner, in an ad-hoc discussion about organizational structure and process, simply queried about the risk management processes used by the IT Team during development.  The response provided, “We don’t do risk.  Risk is managed by the Risk Management team,…their office is down the hall,” uncovered (for me) a general misunderstanding about what risk management is and how it is, or should be, implemented in each department, team, and/or business line throughout an organization.

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Posted on December 10, 2014 by Paul Gray - No Comments

 


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Thanks for Not Sharing
Over the course of the last 9 months my wife and I have been keeping some information to ourselves.  We have only told close friends and family. If you haven’t guessed it yet, we are having a baby.  Now, this seems like something you would share with everyone and not really be too concerned.  It is great news and everyone should be incredibly excited to talk about it. Given who I work for I had to look at this from a more privacy laden way. Continue reading this post...

March 26, 2015

Radio Shack’s Privacy Notice Oversight
rshacklogoGrowing up I spent a good amount of time at Radio Shack. I liked to "play" with electronics just to understand how things worked. It always bothered me that they asked for my zip code for every transaction, but they still got my money. That may be in part why I became a privacy professional. I continued to visit the chain in recent years, mostly for batteries and replacement parts. How was I to know that, in spite of their privacy notice, Radio Shack would eventually try to sell my personal information during their bankruptcy. Continue reading this post...

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