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…

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,…

Who is Responsible for Privacy Education?

On the back-end of the Direct Marketing Association annual conference here in Chicago I sit in my room thinking about all the good questions we had to answer here on privacy and marketing. I spoke on a panel “Top Five Privacy Issues… Revealed” and one of the question asked by Ginger Conlon, Editor-in-Chief…

Prank Call to NSA

A little tongue-in-cheek moment on the heels of this summer’s revelations about the National Security Agency here in the United States having access to citizens data through service providers and other means. This guy accidentally deleted an email from his Gmail account – “hey NSA, can you help me get…

Peak Surveillance: Where is the top (or bottom)?

I hadn’t considered it in this way – “peak surveillance” but Brad Feld recently put this phrase into play with a post on personal privacy online… “Have We Passed Peak Surveillance?“. It seems that in 2013, so much is coming to light about even more pervasive dangers and access to…