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In da House (of Representatives)

Recently, the US Congress met to discuss privacy protections from the perspective of a federal regulation. One of the most discussed topics was GDPR and whether it works or not. A lot was said, and I was pretty disappointed with the overall lack of nuance with regards to understanding what privacy is about from sitting politicians. That said, I want to go over some of the arguments.

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

 


CNIL’s Google Fine of 50 million Euros

The announcement from CNIL about their decision to fine Google provide a valuable insight into the thinking of Supervisory Authorities when it comes to transparency (notice) and consent.

Google’s vulnerability to fine is attributed to the complexity of their privacy notice and terms of service. The information a user may wish to find was scattered over several web pages, in different documents, making it difficult for a consumer. Further, CNIL cited that the information was sometimes vague and non-specific again leaving the user uninformed. Continue reading this post…

Posted on March 12, 2019 by Bob Siegel - No Comments

 


When snazzy apps fail at providing real-time information; gate agents (actual humans!) prevail

I was recently traveling, and I downloaded the airlines’ app to use on the road.  It did prove to be initially beneficial when checking in and selecting my seat.  However, I’d like to suggest that the app prompts to opt-in to push notifications, instead of leaving it as a toggle within the app.  When navigating travel itineraries, push notifications regarding flight status are very important, which gets me to my next experience. Continue reading this post…

Posted on February 18, 2019 by Linda Brust - No Comments

 


In praise of a privacy compliance program

Opening my newsfeed this morning I was not surprised to find an article about another data breach. Over the coming days I am sure we will discover that the organization’s policies were well defined, that training and awareness had taken place, and it was just that the procedures weren’t followed by one individual. The skeptic in me would say that if one person isn’t following procedures, there are probably others. To prevent situations like these, an organization must establish a privacy compliance regimen. Continue reading this post…

Posted on February 1, 2019 by Bob Siegel - No Comments

 


Political Campaigns Need Privacy Policies and Training

When I made the transition from working in American Politics to learning about Privacy, the first tidbit of information I was given was that there was a difference in terminology between the American  and the European practice. In America, we use the term Privacy but in Europe they use the term Data Protection. As I continued my journey in “Privacy” and I considered how my new-found training would have impacted my career in politics, I have come to feel that the term data protection is more applicable to the needs of political campaigns. If I were to review the numerous political campaigns that I have managed, marketed, and organized, data protection has always been woefully inadequate throughout them all. Continue reading this post…

Posted on December 19, 2018 by Andre Samuels - No Comments

 


How I Got Into Privacy

One of the questions I receive, mostly from my wife’s family and students considering their future careers, is how I got into privacy. It’s an interesting topic for me. I am a huge nerd, this is no secret, and my passion for games has played a huge part in my growth as a privacy pro. Continue reading this post…

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Looking to 2019 Privacy Plans

2018 was a very eventful and active year for privacy professionals. As we come to the end, I have been discussing what plans are being put in place for 2019 with our clients. If their plans are any indication, 2019 will have privacy professionals busier than ever. Continue reading this post…

Posted on December 17, 2018 by Bob Siegel - No Comments

 


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

 


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May 31, 2019

We are now offering Privacy Professional Training from the IAPP at our Houston and Nashua offices in addition our Delray Beach location.

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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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