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What do you mean you don’t like SPAM?

Recently, I have been researching the laws about electronic and direct marketing communications, also called CEMs (commercial electronic messages).  There are many countries that do not have laws that regulate the use of these marketing techniques, but it is important to understand how those that do work. Continue reading this post…

Posted on July 23, 2015 by Ben Siegel - No Comments

 


I (physically) lost my license

I travel frequently; about 80% of the time I find myself on the road to visit a client or speak at an event. Last Friday I made my way to the airport, stepped up to the TSA security desk and discovered my license was missing. I had another government issued photo ID with me so I was not too concerned, but the calm began to erode over the weekend.
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Posted on July 14, 2015 by Bob Siegel - No Comments
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Two-Factor Authentication

Last month, I wrote about my family’s newborn.  I discussed our decision regarding keeping or disclosing information about our child on social media and when one option is better than the other for privacy.  This month, I wanted to take a look at something related to our child, security and authentication.  Specifically how the hospital used multiple forms of two-factor authentication to make sure newborns, and their parents, were matched.
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Posted on May 14, 2015 by Ben Siegel - No Comments

 


Cost of a data breach: $201.00 or $0.56 per record?

It is the season for annual data breach reports to be published. This year a statistic that has raised interest is the average cost of a data breach. One report shows a figure just above $200 while another show less than $1. While, as you will see, both these numbers provide interesting guidelines, they may be irrelevant to your business.
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Posted on May 11, 2015 by Bob Siegel - No Comments
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Thanks for Not Sharing

Over the course of the last 9 months my wife and I have been keeping some information to ourselves.  We have only told close friends and family. If you haven’t guessed it yet, we are having a baby.  Now, this seems like something you would share with everyone and not really be too concerned.  It is great news and everyone should be incredibly excited to talk about it. Given who I work for I had to look at this from a more privacy laden way.

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Posted on April 2, 2015 by Ben Siegel - No Comments

 


Radio Shack’s Privacy Notice Oversight

rshacklogoGrowing up I spent a good amount of time at Radio Shack. I liked to “play” with electronics just to understand how things worked. It always bothered me that they asked for my zip code for every transaction, but they still got my money. That may be in part why I became a privacy professional.

I continued to visit the chain in recent years, mostly for batteries and replacement parts. How was I to know that, in spite of their privacy notice, Radio Shack would eventually try to sell my personal information during their bankruptcy. Continue reading this post…

Posted on March 26, 2015 by Bob Siegel - No Comments
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Do Not Adjust Your TV

Along with all the information provided by sponsors and champions of this years Data Privacy Day, Privacy Ref’s Bob Siegel spoke with Lee Nelson of WCSH 6 in Portland, Maine.  They covered topics such as why and how businesses should go about protecting the information of their customers and some of the new threats that may be seen in the near future.
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Posted on February 19, 2015 by Ben Siegel - No Comments

 


Resuscitating privacy

Over the past several months (or longer) I have read that privacy is dead. Usually these articles appear right after a major data breach. The articles acknowledge that the data that was lost potentially causing identity theft, credit card charges, filing of false tax returns, and other bad things to happen. There is nothing you can do to stop it.

After reading so many of these articles (opinions?), I feel like I have just got on a plane with with Doug & Wendy Whiner. Maybe it is time we acted like emergency room doctors instead of funeral directors.

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Posted on February 16, 2015 by Bob Siegel - No Comments

 


Data Privacy Day 2015 Tips Round Up

dpd_englishPrivacy Ref is a proud sponsor of Data Privacy Day 2015. Data Privacy Day (DPD), celebrated annually on Jan. 28, is an international effort centered on “Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data and Enabling Trust.”

As part of that celebration we counted down 20 days to Data Privacy Day with a “Privacy Tip of the Day”. We have collected all of these tips here.
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Posted on February 8, 2015 by Ben Siegel - No Comments

 


What do we mean by “onboarding”?

Onboarding is the process through which new employees acquire the skills, behaviors and knowledge to become effective members of an organization.
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July 23, 2015

What do you mean you don’t like SPAM?
Recently, I have been researching the laws about electronic and direct marketing communications, also called CEMs (commercial electronic messages).  There are many countries that do not have laws that regulate the use of these marketing techniques, but it is important to understand how those that do work. Continue reading this post...

July 14, 2015

I (physically) lost my license
I travel frequently; about 80% of the time I find myself on the road to visit a client or speak at an event. Last Friday I made my way to the airport, stepped up to the TSA security desk and discovered my license was missing. I had another government issued photo ID with me so I was not too concerned, but the calm began to erode over the weekend. Continue reading this post...

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