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The State of Internet of Things

I’m convinced that 2016 will be a huge year for Privacy – and a major part of that will be the continued surge in the Internet of Things ecosystem. I was passed this great set of information and charts by the good folks at Appcessories.  This is a great overview and…

6 Reasons Why People Unsubscribe From Your Email Marketing Campaigns

POTUS vs Retailers Email Unsub Report – Who’s Naughty, Who’s Nice?

TL;DR: Retailers kick POTUS campaigners butts… check out the report for details! Today, the Online Trust Alliance (OTA) released the 2015 OTA Email Unsubscribe Audit, analyzing which leading e-commerce sites are enabling consumers to easily opt out of email. 75 percent of the top 200 online retailers moved beyond compliance, demonstrating a commitment…

ATM

Pro Tip on ATM Usage

I’ve always been fascinated with ATM “skimmer” technology and innovation. I don’t know why but these offline hacks in the real world, versus in the digital space, just feel so much more “Mission Impossible”. I’m always amazed that even while knowing cameras are likely rolling, bad actors will manufacture these devices,…

The Law

Is CASL Private Right To Action Retroactive?

I’m glad Shaun Brown of nNovation, LLP his thoughts on this – it is something I’ve been wondering (and I’m sure many others have too) since the Canadian Anti Spam Law (CASL) first came into force (July 2014). The gist of the scenario is this: CASL is in effect as of…

Internet Open

The Internet (of Things) is open – OTA Releases IoT Trust Framework

Yes Virginia, there really is an Internet of Things – and it’s been open and operating at large now for a while. What is the Internet of Things?  Whatis.com says: The Internet of Things (IoT) is a scenario in which objects, animals or people are provided with unique identifiers and…

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You Are The Product – Part 23

I’ve written before (Read Our Lips: You Are The Product) about how our interaction online with various services, especially free ones, come with either explicit or implicit understandings around personal data and how that is used in lieu of monetary payment. Online “you are the product”, I like to say….

Virus

Help I’ve Been Hacked

There is a continuum among computer users when it comes to security knowledge and dealing with malware issues on a PC. From outright novices, up toward those who are proficient through business or school usage, and ultimately into the land of true security professionals. No matter where you fit on such a spectrum, having a personal…

Unsubscribe

Email Trust – OTA Unsub Best Practices Audit

Has it really been 10 full years since the U.S. CAN-SPAM Act of 2003t took effect?  Yes, and then some… The CAN-SPAM Act in the United States takes some heat on the international stage – as an “opt-out” law, it’s considered akin to “best practices” more so than “high standards” for…

Verizon

Verizon Hit With $7.4M Privacy Penalty

I just read the reports of this settlement by Verizon with the FCC, reported through a few media outlets.  Here is the news release on the FCC site itself: http://www.fcc.gov/document/verizon-pay-74m-settle-privacy-investigation-0 As a privacy consultant, I found this interesting, for a number of reasons.  One is that, I am often the…

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Markey, Hatch Introduce Legislation to Protect Student Privacy

Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced the “Protecting Student Privacy Act” last Wednesday, legislation that would help safeguard the educational records of students.  The PreK-12 educational software and digital content market currently is worth $7.9 billion, with nearly all school districts relying on cloud services for…