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My Mother Understands

Throughout my years in IT, product management, software development, and systems analysis, my Mother never understood what I do. It hasn’t been her fault, but mine; I couldn’t explain in “plain English” what I did. Since becoming a privacy professional she now understands. It may be not as good as being a doctor, but at least she can explain it to her friends.

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Posted on May 4, 2016 by Bob Siegel - No Comments
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Human Errors Will Create Privacy Issues

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
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I smell a data breach

At the very end of August I changed banks for both personal and business accounts. Of course we received the obligatory debit cards, a total of 4 of them. Last week we began receiving notices of “Unusual Debit Card Activity”. Continue reading this post…

Posted on October 13, 2015 by Bob Siegel - No Comments
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Tom Brady, Joe Namath, and Privacy

Like many Americans I grew up idolizing football players, quarterbacks in particular. Joe Namath and Tom Brady are among those I have enjoyed watching play. Who would of thought that these two men who played in different eras would provide examples for a privacy discussion for business.
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Posted on August 12, 2015 by Bob Siegel - No Comments
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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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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 - 1 Comment
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You can lead a friend to water…

Yes, I admit I have a Facebook account. I even belong to a group or two. One of a group’s members seemed to be asking for way to much personal information over the past few weeks, but the other members really don’t seem to care. Continue reading this post…

Posted on June 20, 2014 by Bob Siegel - No Comments
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A Privacy Pro and Wearable Technology

Privacy professionals, including myself, have been warning of the dangers to privacy from wearable technology. The concerns I have been expressing have been based on reported product capabilities, anecdotal evidence, and published reports. So when I had the opportunity to join the Google Glass Explorer program, I jumped at the chance.
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Posted on December 22, 2013 by Bob Siegel - 2 Comments
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Mobile phones, airplanes, and business privacy

The thought of air travel with someone nearby holding a conversation on a mobile phone is not pleasant (to say the least). I began to think about those people I typically see today holding last minute conversations, the ones just before the airplane doors close, and wondered about the impact on business’s privacy above 10,000 feet. Continue reading this post…

Posted on November 24, 2013 by Bob Siegel - No Comments
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Assess risk prior to collecting personal information

My saga of finding new doctors continued over the last few weeks. With each visit I continue to gain insight into privacy risks unknowingly being taken by small businesses. My experience tells me larger business make similar mistakes. This time the doctor collected unneeded personal information from many of his patients, but he did a risk assessment first. Continue reading this post…

Posted on October 3, 2013 by Bob Siegel - 2 Comments
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