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PSR 2017 in Review

After a long trip from the northeast to San Diego, I finally made it to another exciting Privacy, Security, and Risk Conference from the IAPP. With GDPR on the horizon, the air was thick with discussion of this regulation in effect in May of next year. Even more so, a lot of questions received at the Privacy Ref booth were focused on this law, or preparing a privacy program through assessments data mapping. Overall, a great show with a few major themes. Continue reading this post…

Posted on October 30, 2017 by Ben Siegel - No Comments

 


The key to effective privacy training

I spend a lot of time facilitating privacy training. Whether it is directly for our clients or on behalf of the IAPP or their training partners, there are common elements to a successful educational event. Continue reading this post…

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Burying your head in the sand won’t make Data Protection requirements go away

Recently, I had dinner with  a colleague that I had not seen in several years. Their company, a multinational with global operations, had undergone several changes in that time. When the dust settled, this friend had been tapped as “privacy manager”. Along with corporate counsel (part time for privacy), they decided that, even under GDPR, they did not need a Privacy / Data Protection Officer . Huh? Continue reading this post…

Posted on September 18, 2017 by Bob Siegel - No Comments
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Privacy Ref and CyberDefenses Bring Privacy and Security Together

There is a saying that you can have security without privacy, but you cannot have privacy without security. While privacy and security are both concerned with the protection of information held by an organization, security provides the means to meet the business requirements identified to meet privacy demands from regulators, customers, employees, and other stakeholders.

Privacy Ref works with our clients to improve their business and operational practices for protecting personal information. Increasingly our clients’ have been looking for services to supplement their security practices, tools, and expertise. CyberDefenses fills this role. Continue reading this post…

Posted on August 14, 2017 by Bob Siegel - No Comments
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Can Consent Fall Short in GDPR?

Over the past several months, I have been taking a deeper dive into GDPR. I have found Article 6 on the legal basis for processing data particularly interesting. There is some discussion to be had for each company and how they will process data in a particular case, but I often hear that consent will be used. I have even heard arguments for consent as a catch-all for processing. This ignores the pitfalls that could come with the use of that certain legal basis. Continue reading this post…

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How Privacy Ref is getting GDPR Ready

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

 


The terrible, horrible, no good, very bad phishing email

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

 


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

 


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