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Fifty States, Fifty Laws


The big news lately is that individual states are proposing their own privacy laws. California has the California Consumer Protection Act and now New York and Maine have also proposed laws. There has been discussion of a federal law, however it seems unlikely that any kind of landmark legislation on privacy passes through to be signed. How is a business to be ready for up to 50 different laws?

Continue reading this post… Posted on June 13, 2019 by Ben Siegel - No Comments

 


Privacy Comes at a Price

At Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference last week, the message was all about Privacy. Apple has been more privacy-minded than other tech companies – that’s not news and it’s why I have an iPhone.

They’ve introduced some interesting privacy features, such as showing location tracking, which I think is pretty cool. I don’t leave my location setting on, rather turn it on when I need directions and then back off. It’s tedious, but I’m not confident that when I’ve turned off location services, apps aren’t tracking me even though I said “no”. Sadly, I don’t think no means no on the Internet. So, I’ll be able to see if I’m right or wrong.

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Posted on June 12, 2019 by Linda Brust - No Comments

 


CCPA is a Shiny Object

The California Consumer Protection Act has gotten a lot of attention recently and rightly so. It is, however, just one of a number of US state privacy legislation initiatives that have either recently been passed or is under consideration.

Continue reading this post… Posted on June 11, 2019 by Bob Siegel - No Comments

 


1 Minute Quick Privacy Ref-ernces

If you have a moment take a look at our 1 minute videos to get caught up on the latest things going on in the privacy community. California Consumer Protection Act – Ben Siegel discusses the California Consumer Protection Act and how some of the advancing Amendments can drastically change the CCPA.

Continue reading this post… Posted on May 17, 2019 by Kimberly Richardson - No Comments

 


Fallout from a Fallout

It is often that a data breach reveals other issues that a business is experiencing, but it isn’t every day I see the opposite. When I heard about what was happening at Bethesda Softworks and their online game, I was interested immediately.

The background on this is simple enough. Bethesda is a well-known video game maker with a number of well-known titles. Fallout 76 was the newest title in one of their series, but unlike previous titles, was an online game. Many were excited for this title and there special editions of this game offered to those willing to spend extra. Upon the launch of a game with a large amount of bugs and glitches, a number of issues took place.

Continue reading this post… Posted on May 16, 2019 by Ben Siegel - No Comments

 


Picking and Choosing Your Online Privacy

I’ll admit it. I am old enough that my younger adult days have not been recorded for all to access on the internet. Many of my generation – the X’ers – relish this lucky position when it comes to the intersection of life and the technological innovation time line. Not that the choice was mine, but I’ll take it.

I’m on the internet every day. It’s how I work and make phone calls. It’s where I get my news (reputable sources, please!) and even where I buy stuff. I choose to do these things as safely as possible. (Change your passwords often!)

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Posted on May 14, 2019 by Linda Brust - No Comments

 


Do you have 1 minute? Check out our New weekly Quick Privacy Ref-erence series.

At Privacy Ref we are always thinking of ways to improve the experience of our followers and clients alike. Weekly on our YouTube channel you will find a relevant privacy topic being discussed in a 1-minute video such as: 

Continue reading this post… Posted on April 19, 2019 by Kimberly Richardson - No Comments

 


Protect Your Privacy Spring Cleaning

I’ll be honest, my blog idea was generated from an article about spring cleaning.  Let’s face it, lots of things could benefit from spring cleaning:  homes, cars, desk drawers… How about your inbox?  Maybe the ever-growing number of presentation drafts in your documents folder?  How about the flash drive in your desk drawer?  Anything in the cloud that’s been hanging out for years?  Maybe there’s a number of bookmarks or favorites on your list that hasn’t been used or accessed in a while.

Continue reading this post… Posted on April 12, 2019 by Linda Brust - No Comments

 


What you don’t know may (pleasantly) surprise you

Today I find myself in Louisville, KY performing a privacy assessment for a client. When visiting clients to perform an assessment, I meet with team members from all parts of the organization. Usually, I am accompanied by someone from the privacy office or legal team. Frequently, my escorts learn something new about the business and just as often are are surprised by what they hear.

Continue reading this post… Posted on April 9, 2019 by Bob Siegel - No Comments

 


Protecting kids online – are we doing our best?

I’m trying to work through some thoughts about how companies repeatedly take advantage of consumers’ privacy in the US.  The latest being TikTok, a video sharing app acquired from musical.ly, which has agreed to pay $5.7 million to settle allegations that it collected personal information from children – a violation of COPPA or the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.  Of note, TikTok is a $75 billion – with a B – dollar startup.  In GDPR terms, the maximum fine for egregious behavior could be 4% of gross revenues or in TikTok’s case $3 billion – with a B – dollars, which is a far cry from the fine that the FTC assessed for their alleged COPPA violations (FTC’s largest ever COPPA fine).

Continue reading this post… Posted on March 15, 2019 by Linda Brust - No Comments

 


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June 13, 2019

Fifty States, Fifty Laws


The big news lately is that individual states are proposing their own privacy laws. California has the California Consumer Protection Act and now New York and Maine have also proposed laws. There has been discussion of a federal law, however it seems unlikely that any kind of landmark legislation on privacy passes through to be signed. How is a business to be ready for up to 50 different laws?

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June 12, 2019

Privacy Comes at a Price
At Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference last week, the message was all about Privacy. Apple has been more privacy-minded than other tech companies – that’s not news and it’s why I have an iPhone. They’ve introduced some interesting privacy features, such as showing location tracking, which I think is pretty cool. I don’t leave my location setting on, rather turn it on when I need directions and then back off. It’s tedious, but I’m not confident that when I’ve turned off location services, apps aren’t tracking me even though I said “no”. Sadly, I don’t think no means no on the Internet. So, I’ll be able to see if I’m right or wrong. Continue reading this post...

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