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

 


Automation for Privacy

Since GDPR was introduced there’s been an upsurge in the number of tools that are available to help you manage your privacy environment. Over the past several weeks our clients have been taking a closer look at some of these. but often they find that the number tools out there that claim to be supportive of GDPR, and many of them are, to be little confusing. While providing this support, many don’t necessarily match what our clients are looking for. So we provided a way to categorize the tools to make it easier our clients understand the privacy tools landscape. Continue reading this post…

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Don’t Forget Basic Communication

Most of us have been wrapped up in GDPR preparations for several months. While there are many organizations “not quite there yet”, many others have made great strides towards compliance. As we continue to do assessments for clients, both GDPR and General Privacy,  I have been surprised at the frequency of the gap between a privacy official describing their organization’s data subjects, information collected, and business processes  with the reality of what is happening.
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Posted on July 9, 2018 by Bob Siegel - No Comments

 


California – The Next GDPR?

Starting January 1, 2020, if you are a for-profit company doing business in California, you may have new data privacy compliance obligations. Specifically, California just enacted the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (the country’s strictest data privacy law to date), placing new privacy mandates on certain businesses with respect to the personal information of consumers (defined as natural persons who are California residents). Many aspects of the new law smack of EU-GDPR influences, such as a new and improved (in other words, broader) definition of personal information and the inclusion of guaranteed consumer rights with respect to such personal information. If your business is already in compliance with the EU’s GDPR, the California law will be nothing new to you. For other businesses, however, you have 18 months to get with the program.
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Posted on by Kelly Cheary - No Comments

 


Here We Go Again….

Not one to sit idly, twiddling his thumbs while the digital world goes by unchecked, Max Schrems has struck again. As you may recall, Schrems, a young Austrian attorney who became the EU champion of privacy rights, was the driving force behind having the EU-US Safe Harbor rule nullified. Now, on May 25, 2018, his non-profit organization, NOYB (which is actually a slang acronym for “None of Your Business”), celebrated the official implementation of the GDPR by filing four separate complaints against the digital giants Google and Facebook (can you say “déjà vu”?), and two of Facebook’s subsidiaries, Instagram and WhatsApp.

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Posted on July 8, 2018 by Kelly Cheary - No Comments

 


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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...

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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...

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