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…

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…

PCAST Releases Report on Big Data and Privacy

Press Release reprinted below: PCAST Releases Report on Big Data and Privacy http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/05/01/pcast-releases-report-big-data-and-privacy Posted by John P. Holdren, Susan L. Graham, and William Press on May 01, 2014 at 12:09 PM EDT Earlier this year, President Obama asked his counselor John Podesta to lead a comprehensive review of policy issues…

Data Breach Payout for Consumers

In the wake of the Target data breach in December 2013, I’ve continued to think about the impact of data loss to consumers.  Historically courts have not shown to find “harm” being done to consumers where their data was lost or misused for marketing.  Typically there must be some financial…

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…

Full Text of the President’s Remarks on NSA and Surveillance

Remarks of President Barack Obama Results of our Signals Intelligence Review January 17, 2014 – Washington, D.C. As Prepared for Delivery At the dawn of our Republic, a small, secret surveillance committee borne out of the “The Sons of Liberty” was established in Boston. The group’s members included Paul Revere, and…

Redfish Announces Open Router Project to Improve Network Privacy

In the wake of the NSA surveillance mayhem, Redfish has announced “ORP1“, an open router project that is designed to protect users’ online privacy across all network connected devices in their home.  ORP1 will be a high-performance networking router with an easy-to-use interface that can run a firewall, IPSec virtual private…

German Court Rules Google Privacy Policy Violates Data Protection Laws

On Tuesday, the Regional Court of Berlin ruled that Google’s privacy policy and terms of service (ToS) violate Germany’s data protection laws. The case, which was brought on by the Federation of German Consumer Organizations (VZBV), states that clauses within the documents are vaguely formulated and restrict the rights of…

FTC Workshop Today

Don’t forget that the Federal Trade Commission is holding a public workshop today, Tuesday, November 19, 2013, in Washington, DC, to explore consumer privacy and security issues posed by the growing connectivity of devices. You can watch the webcast here if your NOT in Washington, DC or are to busy…

Pew Reports That Privacy Laws Are Inadequate

So I was thinking about what Tom Bartel said this week in his article, Exploring Privacy Harms: “We live in an online world, where increasingly the value proposition as users is a trade of our information and attention.  In exchange for our time and attention – we receive this value  – the free-use…