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In praise of a privacy compliance program

Opening my newsfeed this morning I was not surprised to find an article about another data breach. Over the coming days I am sure we will discover that the organization’s policies were well defined, that training and awareness had taken place, and it was just that the procedures weren’t followed by one individual. The skeptic in me would say that if one person isn’t following procedures, there are probably others. To prevent situations like these, an organization must establish a privacy compliance regimen. Continue reading this post…

Posted on February 1, 2019 by Bob Siegel - No Comments

 


Political Campaigns Need Privacy Policies and Training

When I made the transition from working in American Politics to learning about Privacy, the first tidbit of information I was given was that there was a difference in terminology between the American  and the European practice. In America, we use the term Privacy but in Europe they use the term Data Protection. As I continued my journey in “Privacy” and I considered how my new-found training would have impacted my career in politics, I have come to feel that the term data protection is more applicable to the needs of political campaigns. If I were to review the numerous political campaigns that I have managed, marketed, and organized, data protection has always been woefully inadequate throughout them all. Continue reading this post…

Posted on December 19, 2018 by Andre Samuels - No Comments

 


How I Got Into Privacy

One of the questions I receive, mostly from my wife’s family and students considering their future careers, is how I got into privacy. It’s an interesting topic for me. I am a huge nerd, this is no secret, and my passion for games has played a huge part in my growth as a privacy pro. Continue reading this post…

Posted on by Ben Siegel - No Comments

 


Looking to 2019 Privacy Plans

2018 was a very eventful and active year for privacy professionals. As we come to the end, I have been discussing what plans are being put in place for 2019 with our clients. If their plans are any indication, 2019 will have privacy professionals busier than ever. Continue reading this post…

Posted on December 17, 2018 by Bob Siegel - No Comments

 


My path towards privacy

My path towards a career in the privacy field was a circuitous route. As a perennially engaged Political Organizer and activist, information privacy and data management would not have been the most obvious path for my next endeavor. However, after serving on a campaign that featured the most famous political data breach in history, privacy and the importance of data management came crashing into my life. Continue reading this post…

Posted on November 12, 2018 by Andre Samuels - No Comments

 


PSR and CCPA

A few weeks ago, I made it to Austin, TX for the Privacy Security and Risk Conference being held by the IAPP. As always, it was a great conference with pros and those who have only just begun as privacy professionals. One of the most interesting aspects of the conference was the focus on the newest US based privacy regulation, the California Consumer Protection Act. While not being in California, it was obviously the center of the conversation as many eyed this upcoming regulation as the next possible GDPR. Continue reading this post…

Posted on November 2, 2018 by Ben Siegel - No Comments

 


Workshops

With the IAPP’s PSR 2018 conference just around the corner (see you all in Austin, TX), I have started thinking more about the conference. Originally, I attended the IAPP Academy, prior to becoming PSR, and it was very focused on learning for newer privacy pros. A lot of great conversations are had every year and the insight into different industries was excellent. However, there is one area that many people, specifically newly appointed privacy officers, had concerns about. Continue reading this post…

Posted on October 2, 2018 by Ben Siegel - No Comments

 


Is Your Biometric Clock Ticking?

I recently read an article published on the Society for Human Resource Management’s website on the prevalence of biometrics in the employment context. Specifically, the author referenced a Spiceworks’ survey of IT professionals from February 2018 that provided, in my mind, surprising results. Continue reading this post…

Posted on September 21, 2018 by Kelly Cheary - No Comments

 


Preparing your customer-facing staff

My wife and I went to a favorite pizza place the other day. It is a small chain that has a loyalty program. The server, having seen us on a few other occasions, asked us if we wanted to sign up. All we needed to do was provide an email address, phone number, and name then we would be good to go.

My wife gave me “the look”, knowing what was coming next. I asked the server “can you tell me about your privacy policy?” Continue reading this post…

Posted on September 19, 2018 by Bob Siegel - No Comments

 


What in the World??

With many of us so busily focused on compliance with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) – and probably soon to be focused on the new California Consumer Privacy Act – it is easy to neglect (albeit inadvertently) other areas of the world. If you are a company with international operations or are collecting the personal information of non-EU foreign residents, this could be a costly mistake.
Continue reading this post…

Posted on August 27, 2018 by Kelly Cheary - No Comments

 


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February 1, 2019

In praise of a privacy compliance program

Opening my newsfeed this morning I was not surprised to find an article about another data breach. Over the coming days I am sure we will discover that the organization's policies were well defined, that training and awareness had taken place, and it was just that the procedures weren't followed by one individual. The skeptic in me would say that if one person isn't following procedures, there are probably others. To prevent situations like these, an organization must establish a privacy compliance regimen. Continue reading this post...

December 19, 2018

Political Campaigns Need Privacy Policies and Training
When I made the transition from working in American Politics to learning about Privacy, the first tidbit of information I was given was that there was a difference in terminology between the American  and the European practice. In America, we use the term Privacy but in Europe they use the term Data Protection. As I continued my journey in “Privacy” and I considered how my new-found training would have impacted my career in politics, I have come to feel that the term data protection is more applicable to the needs of political campaigns. If I were to review the numerous political campaigns that I have managed, marketed, and organized, data protection has always been woefully inadequate throughout them all. Continue reading this post...

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