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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? 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….


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: As a privacy consultant, I found this interesting, for a number of reasons.  One is that, I am often the…

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Facebook Removing Option To Restrict Searching By Contact Name

Facebook is removing the privacy setting “Who can look up your timeline by name or contact info?” and notifying users who’s profiles are hidden that they will now be searchable. They had already removed the setting in December for users who were not using it. The company’s intention it to…


Event: Morning of Mobile Privacy

If you are in New York City this coming October 17th, count yourself lucky… The Mobile Leaders Alliance and Celtra have teamed up on a great event to educate the industry on mobile privacy. A Morning of Mobile Privacy is timely – the issues in online privacy continue to flourish, but as…


Google Says It Can Read Users Email

That’s a bit of a salacious headline – but it cuts to the chase. Google has been responding to a class action lawsuit, filed in May, asserting that they “unlawfully opens up, reads, and acquires the content of people’s private email messages” – and that such action would violate at least…


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…


OTA Report: Social Sites Beat Banks on Consumer Privacy

According to the Online Trust Alliance (OTA) – Banks are falling behind Social sites when it comes to online protections and privacy for their consumers. It is somewhat hard to fathom, given how much effort banks have seemingly put into security technologies online for their customers to interact with their services….