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…

In the Moment Marketing

Mindfulness can be seen as the practice of “being in the moment” – but what does this actually mean? Does it mean that if we’re mindful we should never think about the past or the future, never try to plan or to reflect on our past experience? Actually, being “in…

It’s My Data, Not Yours Best Friend

I love my friends, I really, really, really do, but sometimes I just want to do the “Leroy Jethro Gibbs” head slap  against their tiny little brains for doing the things they do on the Internets (yes I know it’s misspelled) and even begin to include me in their “mistakes”  of…

Too Much Hyper-Transparency

Ok, this has Ryan and I laughing a bit today. This week we touched on how Slideshare, which mind you is owned by LinkedIn, did a great job on their recent privacy change notice. They explained everything in a consumer manner and didn’t get all technical and legalistic. While we are…

Hyper-Transparency

I can’t recall where I heard the term “Hyper-Transparency”, but when I do use it in a room of people I am teaching privacy processes to, they all seems to nod their head in agreement and understand the application of such a term to their data governance programs and data…

Why Europe is wrong to kill Safe Harbour

I woke up this morning to this great piece about how U.S. Safe Harbour is NOT the problem in data governance between the United States and the European Union. I love Cynthia Rich from Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) points in all this especially “concerns about mass surveillance are not just limited…

R.I.P. Data appending

What do I mean by that? Simple, as I’ve said 100’s of times now, buying or trading data from sources that have no impact on relevancy to your customer base will always get you in trouble. Brands still need to be reminded over and over that they now live in…

Data Security Starts With Your Password

I am a happy user of Evernote, a fantastic web-based clipping service that I (and 65 million others) use to remember stuff.  Folks who know me, know I need the help.  😉 I recently received an email from them – about a data breach involving passwords.  They were concerned for my…

The Choice of Choice is Still Elusive

One thing I hate about postal mail is the inability to remove yourself from advertising mailing lists.  One of the most frustrating things about this mail stream is often you  have no idea how you got on their list in the first place! Over the years, I have undoubtedly been…

The cookies are NOT overdone

Over the past few weeks there have been a few articles about Google, Facebook, and others looking at new ways to track users movements online without cookies. As a reminder, “cookies” are digital codes that websites may use to store information about your visit on your computer through your browser. Cookies can…