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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….

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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…

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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…

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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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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…

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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…

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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…

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Exploring Privacy Harm

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 of innovative, fun or useful services online.  I’ve mentioned this issue of “Data Harm” previously,…

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Yahoo! Mail Under Wiretapping Fire

Wendy Davis of Mediapost reported last week that Yahoo is also now being sued for scanning emails to target ads to their users. This comes on the heels of Gmail – also managing a class action suit in progress for essentially the same issue. Privacology.com Contributor Ben Isaacson recently discussed the latest…