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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

Google and EU Privacy Ruling

So first I need to apologize to everyone here that we’ve been a bit busy this last two or so quarters in our respective businesses. Some being start-ups, some being employment changes, and some also being due to travel schedules being so hectic before the summer/holiday season kicks up. For…

Consumers Buffeted by Security Hacks Still Don’t Understand Data Privacy

In spite of being constantly worried about online security in the wake of numerous data hacks and security breaches among top Web companies and retailers, market research firm Toluna found that people still don’t really understand online privacy and data security. Three in five consumers (62 percent) said that they…

OTA Announces 2014 Honor Roll Methodology

The Online Trust Alliance announced the methodology behind the forthcoming 2014 Online Trust Audit and Honor Roll, evaluating leading websites and mobile applications. This marks the fifth consecutive year OTA has conducted its Honor Roll Audit and Honor Roll report. As an independent online trust benchmark study, the Online Trust…

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…