Regardless of the technology you put in place, the safeguards you have implemented, and the training you have provided, ultimately the success of your privacy program relies on the individuals in your organization. The most recent example of this came at the expense of the US National Women’s Soccer Team (USWNT). Continue reading this post…Posted on February 8, 2016 by Bob Siegel - No Comments
Over the past few days I have been pondering everything that has happened in privacy in 2015 and the impact on organizations. My intent was to write a retrospective blog entry, but this morning I decided to look ahead and not in the rear-view mirror. So here are three thoughts to kickoff 2016. Continue reading this post…Posted on December 31, 2015 by Bob Siegel - No Comments
In 2014 there seemed to be a new data breach every week. Be it credit card data, student information, social security numbers, or corporate intellectual property, the personal information of any business’s clients, employees, or of the business itself were exposed. Here are 5 priorities that you should consider for your business as we embark on 2015.
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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
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
As a first timer to the IAPP Summit, I have to say it was a great experience. I met with many privacy professionals and learned about some great ways others have dealt with their organizations privacy issues. The keynotes were exceptional and the different sessions I went to were extremely informative especially to someone new to the privacy field such as myself. Overall, it gave me a great idea of the direction the industry is moving, and it looks promising. Continue reading this post…Posted on March 16, 2014 by Ben Siegel - No Comments
The end of 2013 has brought a flurry of privacy breaches, some big, some small, each with their own circumstances, each with their own implications. Here are three thoughts from the past few weeks.
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When I look through corporate handbooks I often find prohibitions on the use of cameras or recording devices while on a company’s premises. It’s not something that gets brought up in new hire orientation nor something that gets brought up very often at all. Let’s face it, there is a certain amount of convenience to taking out your smartphone and snapping a picture of the notes on the whiteboard or recording a meeting to create the minutes later.
While you can get technology that can perform these functions surreptitiously, main stream commercial technology would require you to be fairly overt when taking a picture or making a recording. Since people will know you are capturing something they can object (or report you to corporate security if they want to be nasty). Wearable technology will change this. Continue reading this post…Posted on August 21, 2013 by Bob Siegel - No Comments
Yesterday the Washington Post published an article based on an audit dated May 2012 describing violations of privacy rules by the NSA. As I read the article three thoughts occurred to me that a business can take away for their own privacy program. Continue reading this post…Posted on August 16, 2013 by Bob Siegel - No Comments
Last Friday it was revealed that reporters from Bloomberg News could retrieve information from the profiles of subscribers to Bloomberg’s data terminals as well as the subscribers’ system usage (NYT article here). While I agree with the characterization of this incident as a “mistake”, wasn’t this really a violation of basic privacy principles?
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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...
May 16, 2019
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...