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Does your call center share too much personal information?

If you have done business with a company and reach out to their call center, how do they authenticate who you are? Do they ask you for personal information or ask you to verify personal information? Continue reading this post…

Posted on July 17, 2014 by Bob Siegel - No Comments
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Valuable functionality can cause a privacy breach

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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Posted on May 12, 2013 by Bob Siegel - No Comments
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Emerging technology, privacy, and your business

Google Glass has sparked a wide ranging discussion about the product’s potential  impact on privacy. The conversations I have seen have mostly focused on the impact to the existence of privacy in our technology-dependent world, but I have seen only limited discussion on the impact to a business. It would be nice for businesses to be proactive in considering policies for emerging  technology instead of reacting as things evolve. Continue reading this post…

Posted on March 24, 2013 by Bob Siegel - No Comments
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Fingerprints, privacy notice, and theme parks

My wife and I recently visited a major theme park and were surprised that our fingerprints were requested when we entered. While I understand the good business reason the fingerprints were requested, I remain dumbfounded why I could not find a privacy notice that disclosed how the information was being protected.
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Posted on March 10, 2013 by Bob Siegel - No Comments
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Privacy observations while waiting for a memory upgrade

Deciding I needed a memory upgrade for my laptop, I went to the nearest Best Buy on the advice of another retailer. Things got a little complicated allowing me to spend about two and a half hours in the store. This gave me a chance  me to see how this particular Geek Squad protected privacy. My experience with privacy and the Geek Squad had been very positive at another location, but this experience left some things to be desired.

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Posted on February 17, 2013 by Bob Siegel - No Comments
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SMB privacy: no free pass

Like larger enterprises, small and medium businesses (SMBs) collect personal information about their customers, employees, vendors and other stakeholders; it is just part of doing business. Establishing an SMB privacy program would be very beneficial for these businesses, but for the majority of SMBs the thought of protecting personal information is not a priority. At least one recent survey  found that over 70% of the SMBs questioned did not realize they had regulatory obligations to protect personal information.
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Posted on January 12, 2013 by Bob Siegel - No Comments
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Personal Information From Above

As a child growing up in New York City I always wanted to go to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The floats, the balloons, the clowns, the celebrities, the marching bands, the scraps of personal information….wait…personal information?
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Posted on December 3, 2012 by Bob Siegel - No Comments
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Two reactions from customers to a data breach

TD Bank has notified their customers of a data breach through the  loss of a backup tape. Initial reports have said that the tapes contain  the account information and Social Security numbers of more than 267,000 customers on the US East Coast. The tape was not encrypted so, while the bank is unaware of any misuse of the information, anyone who does obtain the tape could easily read the information it contains.

I was with some TD Bank customers the day the data breach was acknowledged. There were two comments made that I hear anytime a breach occurs so I wanted to share them to help you protect your brand image in the event of a data loss.
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Posted on October 16, 2012 by Bob Siegel - No Comments
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Your staff needs to be “privacy aware”

When it is all said and done, no matter what policies you put in place, no mater what procedures you define, no matter what documentation has been written to support your privacy program, it is worthless unless your organization’s staff is knows that these tools exist making them “privacy aware”. Here are a couple of horror stories:
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Posted on September 24, 2012 by Bob Siegel - No Comments
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Facial recognition, familiarity, and the creepiness factor

Several weeks ago there were a number of articles on  British Airways googling their VIP passengers before boarding a flight. This practice allowed BA to step up their  level of customer service including recognizing these people by name as they arrived. BA could also gather all sorts of personal information about these customers so “creepy alarms” went off.
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Posted on August 20, 2012 by Bob Siegel - 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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