Users Concerned About Someone Else Reading Their Email

I don’t know if any of you have seen this report, but eMarketer put out a report saying that according to research from Virtru conducted by Harris Interactive, more than 8 in 10 worry about email service providers reading their email. Relatively few people were “extremely concerned,” while a plurality fell into…

Ads Targeted at Sleep Apnea Sufferer Violate Canadian Privacy Law

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) just published a finding into a complaint made by an individual with sleep apnea. The individual had been searching for information about  Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) devices (a device that essentially forces you to continue breathing while you sleep), and…

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…

Will Nest Share Data With Google? Duh.

Quick post in response to articles like this one from Re/code and anyone who thinks…  Google bought Nest because it had a long track record of product sales success. (Two products in two years.) Google bought Nest because their products were brand new market-innovating leaders.  (Followed Honeywell, and you can…

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…

Ireland updates cookie use guidances

The Irish Data Protection Commissioner published December 19, 2013 updated cookies guidance that includes examples of consent mechanisms. The Commissioner indicated that consent can be obtained either explicitly through the use of an opt-in check box, or implicitly, meaning that the user must be notified that continued use of the website…

French published cookie use guidances

On December 16, 2013, the French Data Protection Authority (“CNIL”) published a set of FAQs to provide further guidance on how to obtain consent for the use of cookies and similar technologies. Overall Consent must be obtained each time these technologies are used for a new purpose and should be…

iBeacon: So Many Opt-Out Choices! (Or Are There?)

There has been a lot of good coverage of Apple’s new iBeacon software and its privacy implications.  Before you read the PR, you should read it straight from the Apple’s mouth here.  Then you should consider reading these articles from Wired, Forbes, Techcrunch, Slashgear, and AP.   The gist of it is…

Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL) Is A Done Deal

On Thursday, November 28th 2013, the Treasury Board of Canada President (and champion of CASL) Tony Clement approved Industry Canada regulations in their final form. Today, December 4, 2013, the Minister of Industry the Right Honourable James Moore announced that Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL) will come into force on July 1, 2014. That’s…