New US federal data privacy bill review

How does the draft US federal privacy bill measure up to the GDPR? Months after the “agreement in principle” between the EU and the US for a new ‘Trans-Atlantic Data Privacy Framework,’ a draft federal data privacy bill has been proposed by US Congress members. The question rema...

Risk Ranking

In my last webinar about privacy impact assessments, there were some questions about risk and how to rank it. There are several ways to determine risk rankings as well as what a risk actually is. Most important is experience with various situations and in a number of different verticals in order ...

Empathy in privacy

Where is empathy’s place in privacy? In the middle of April, I attended the International Association of Privacy Professionals’ Global Privacy Summit and came back with a few impressions. One came from Author Malcolm Gladwell’s keynote session where he proposed that our questions about privacy an...

The Customer Service Privacy Dilemma

One of the toughest jobs in any company is Customer Service. I am thinking of those folks who are on the phone for their entire shift responding to customer questions and, often, complaints. These unsung heroes have to balance keeping a customer satisfied and protecting the personal information c...

Privacy Lip Service

A few weeks back I expressed the opinion that Americans do not care much about privacy. I based this conclusion on both a lack of drive pushing privacy legislation forward and the general populace exhibiting a rather laissez-faire attitude regarding their personal information. It would appear to ...

How to keep your online dating profiles safe for privacy

With the increasing use of dating applications, you could argue that companies have access to more personal and sensitive information related to single people. When you think about it, the idea of using a dating app is inherently contrary to data privacy: you’re purposely looking for strangers wi...

Do Americans Care About Privacy?

This week, we had some interesting news with Facebook, and their parent company Meta, facing massive losses in both users and stock price. Social media users on Twitter, Reddit, and even Facebook were quick to praise this occurrence. Even more interesting was Facebook citing the changes to Apple’...

Privacy Ref Turns 10

10 years ago, I was living in Massachusetts looking over a snowy landscape (28 inches deep) on a drab, grey day. More snow was in the forecast and shoveling it from my driveway was not something I was excited about. Maybe, I thought, it was time to move south. With Florida in my sights, and [&hel...

Is opt-out consent deceit?

Opt-out consent won’t be tolerated in negative option marketing, according to the FTC. Earlier this month, the Federal Trade Commission released guidance on negative option marketing considering existing laws, declaring opt-out consent unfair and deceptive. Automatic renewals, continuity plans, p...

The most Epik breach

Behold! The Worst Breach Response! In the last five years, I have seen a fair number of breaches and most of them are similarly—notify appropriate authorities, stop any further damage, investigate, and alert affected parties. Of course, these breaches happen more often than we would like to admit...