How much personal data did you cup of coffee cost you today?

A simple trip to your local coffee shop or visit to their website to browse or place a pick-up order can lead to divulging more personal information than you may have intended. Starting an account, signing up for a rewards program or simply completing a transaction will have you literally giving ...

Making Privacy Impact Assessments less of a PIA

Every day I speak with clients about a number of different privacy related matters. However, the one that has become most prominent is setting up or running privacy impact assessments. PIAs are a tool used to identify the potential privacy risk from any existing or proposed activity, product, sys...

Let’s talk about HIPAA

Do you know what HIPAA stands for? What does HIPAA protect? Are there any exemptions? Watch this short video to get the answers.

Living with a Privacy Professional

Married to a Privacy Professional has made me aware of things that I would not normally pay attention to. Awareness of who I am giving my information to and what it is going to be used for is something that I am trying to be more cognizant of. When the boys were growing up, our […]

Excessive Jargon and Legalese

One of my biggest personal gripes is the use of excessive jargon when creating privacy policies. It can be readily apparent when a notice or policy, or even a law, is written by a privacy or legal professional but not written for the audience it targets. However, it is possible to create a more e...

Choosing a privacy framework

Developing a privacy program for any organization is a daunting task. You need to be aware of your organization’s information requirements, be aware of the applicable laws and regulations, be culturally sensitive, be a strategist, be a teacher, be a leader, be a communicator, and much more....

How to help people understand your Privacy Policy

Privacy policies have become fairly standard items on company websites. There is much valuable information provided and we really want users of our website to understand what we have written. Since most people do not eagerly read every word of any article or document, it is key to allow them to e...

Cookies with consent, not milk

Back in August 2019 the Data Protection Commission examined about 40 of the best known organizations’ websites across different industries. The purpose was to gauge compliance with current regulations regarding cookies and tracking technologies. A small group of organizations fared rather well bu...

CPRA: New Definition of Consent

“Consent” is defined as any freely given, specific, informed and unambiguous indication of the consumer’s wishes he or she, or his or her legal guardian, by a person who has power of attorney or is acting as a conservator for the consumer, such as by a statement or by a clear af...

Privacy Laws are converging

After learning of the latest information on the pending Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act, one of my clients exclaimed “If every state comes up with their own rules, this is going to be a nightmare.” Yup, but in the long run, privacy laws are converging.