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Breached: a round up of data breaches

Kmart, Goodwill, Home Depot, JP Morgan Chase, PF Chang’s, ACME Financial, Cedars Sinai, Supervalu (twice), Jimmy John’s, Dairy Queen and American Family Care are all included in the list of recently reported data breaches. These events should bring several questions to the mind of anyone overseeing a privacy program: Continue reading this post…

Posted on October 15, 2014 by Bob Siegel - No Comments

 


A First Timer’s Privacy Academy

Six months ago, I attended my first IAPP Summit in Washington D.C.  In September, I went to the 2014 IAPP Privacy Academy in San Jose; I have to say that I got a lot more out of this event.  This had very little to do with the actual content and people there, and more to do with my understanding and preparation for the event.
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Posted on October 14, 2014 by Ben Siegel - No Comments
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Is your organization prepared for a data breach?

Most companies have a crisis communication plan stashed somewhere. Whether it’s policies and procedures reviewed monthly or updated on a yearly basis, companies must prepare for worst-case scenarios. But has your company prepared for a data breach; when your customer’s private and financial information is compromised and/or stolen?
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Privacy Awareness: Training lays the foundation

A successful privacy awareness program includes ongoing activities to keep privacy “top of mind” for the members of an organization. It supplements a privacy training program that conveys information in a formal learning environment. For an awareness program to meet its goals, a training program must prove the foundation for your privacy program. Continue reading this post…

Posted on September 7, 2014 by Bob Siegel - No Comments
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You Cannot Spell Privacy Without Generation Y

This September, the IAPP is holding a Young Privacy Professionals event during their Privacy Academy in San Jose.  I was given the opportunity to assist in putting this event together, and believe it will be a great way to meet other young privacy professionals.  Most importantly, it shows an investment in the future of privacy.
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Posted on September 2, 2014 by Ben Siegel - No Comments

 


Wearable Recording Devices and Invasion of Privacy

Wearable recording technologies will prove enormously useful in many circumstances. Their use is not inherently incompatible with personal privacy. Nevertheless, they will make possible eavesdropping and common-law invasions of privacy on an unprecedented scale, to the point where these technologies will eventually force a redefinition of what the common law recognizes as private.
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Is your organization “privacy aware”?

Every time I read the news it seems there is a new data breach impacting client or employee privacy.  Just last week UPS, Supervalu, Community Health Systems, North Dakota University, Shaw’s / Star Market  / Albertson’s, and Schnucks have all been mentioned in articles related to new or recent data breaches.  Of course there are also the ongoing articles discussing the costs and other ramifications of the Target breach.

According to the Ponemon Institute‘s 2013 Cost of a Data Breach Study: Global Analysis, 35% of all data breaches due to to a human factor such as a negligent employee or contractor. Breaches attributed to human factors can be avoided by improving your privacy awareness program. Continue reading this post…

Posted on August 24, 2014 by Bob Siegel - No Comments
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Crisis Communication Plans and Data Breaches

Think of a data breach as not only a possibility, but also a likely crisis scenario for your company. A breach will cost your company not only money but can deeply damage its reputation.

When was the last time your company reviewed its crisis communication scenarios and, most importantly, added data breach to the top of this list?
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Posted on August 6, 2014 by Dianna Fletcher - No Comments
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Does your call center share too much personal information?

If you have done business with a company and reach out to their call center, how do they authenticate who you are? Do they ask you for personal information or ask you to verify personal information? Continue reading this post…

Posted on July 17, 2014 by Bob Siegel - 1 Comment
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A First Timer’s Assessment

Assessments are an important part of implementing and maintaining a strong privacy policy for your organization. Earlier this year, I went along for an assessment that Privacy Ref was doing for one of our clients. What made this even more interesting was that it was a reassessment to see how policies and procedures had changed from the previous assessment. Continue reading this post…

Posted on July 8, 2014 by Ben Siegel - No Comments
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October 15, 2014

Privacy Ref Trains 2,000 for Fortune 500 company
Privacy Ref’s Bob Siegel is in the process of providing the IAPP's privacy training to 2,000 employees of a Fortune 500 company. The training spans several months and involves the C-suite underscoring the company’s incredible commitment to building a culture of compliance.

Free Webinar: Preparing for a Data Breach
This month, Privacy Ref is offering a free webinar about how your organization can prepare for a data breach. Check for more info here.

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October 15, 2014

Breached: a round up of data breaches
Kmart, Goodwill, Home Depot, JP Morgan Chase, PF Chang's, ACME Financial, Cedars Sinai, Supervalu (twice), Jimmy John's, Dairy Queen and American Family Care are all included in the list of recently reported data breaches. These events should bring several questions to the mind of anyone overseeing a privacy program: Continue reading this post...

October 14, 2014

A First Timer’s Privacy Academy
Six months ago, I attended my first IAPP Summit in Washington D.C.  In September, I went to the 2014 IAPP Privacy Academy in San Jose; I have to say that I got a lot more out of this event.  This had very little to do with the actual content and people there, and more to do with my understanding and preparation for the event. Continue reading this post...

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