The Stay Safe Online Blog

Jan 14, 2015 1:10pm
A 2014 privacy study found the most important issue for the majority of Americans is transparency: to understand how a business collects, uses and shares personal information - in conclusion, Privacy Is Good For Business. This #ChatDPD will provide tips to help business better address consumer privacy concerns and avoid privacy practices that are perceived as bad or "creepy" that can also harm your company’s reputation.
Jan 13, 2015 1:00pm
The term "Big Data" carries a lot of weight. So what should we think when we hear news reporters and insiders talk about "Big Data"? How can we manage what we contribute to its vast (and seemingly scary) collection of information?
Jan 8, 2015 10:39am
In 2014 there seemed to be a new data breach every week. In these breaches of credit card data, student information, Social Security numbers and corporate intellectual property, the personal information of many businesses' clients and employees was exposed. Here are five priorities to consider for your business as we embark on 2015.
Jan 7, 2015 1:01pm
Your health, physical activity and eating habits are some of the most personal and sensitive details about you and your lifestyle. Most of us are unaware, however, of all the places our data may end up on a given day. Join us for another #ChatDPD to discover your health data's journey in our digitally-connected world and learn steps you can take to protect your privacy.
Jan 7, 2015 8:52am
EDUCAUSE and the higher education community were active participants in NCSAM 2014. Colleges and universities have continued to offer fun, creative cybersecurity and online safety activities and events for students, faculty, staff and their local communities. Here are a few highlights.
Jan 6, 2015 11:43am
Privacy is a personal notion - we all have different ideas of what it means to properly manage information about who we are and how we behave. We've gathered a few interesting points about worldwide privacy legislation which show that how much others know about who you are can depend largely on where you are.
Dec 18, 2014 10:55am
Learn how the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) participated in National Cyber Security Awareness Month this year and get some examples of how your organization can get involved in 2015.
Dec 18, 2014 5:53am
The movie Big HIPAA 6 is about a robot that can scan humans, discovering everything from small scratches and bumps to the amount of serotonin in your body at the moment. That got me thinking about the implications to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) or other privacy concerns that come with this technology.
Dec 17, 2014 6:54am
It's important to educate yourself and practice the best habits to keep your data secure. Learn more about cookies and how you can protect your personal information.
Dec 16, 2014 6:53am
The beginnings of Chris "Biggie Smalls" Wallace can be traced to the streets of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. The neighborhood is only 9 miles away from the new data-driven Madison Avenue as the crow flies - but they're worlds apart in terms of culture. Still, Big Poppa and Big Data have more in common than you might think.
Dec 11, 2014 11:38am
The folks at Dictionary.com chose "privacy" as their word of the year in 2013. It was a long journey to that distinction, during which it inexorably became the engine driving more companies than not. Privacy is the consumer-consequence manifestation of big data, which increasingly shapes approaches to marketing, product development and a vast array of services. In short, privacy has become a price of consumption.
Dec 10, 2014 1:15pm
The holidays are the busiest time of year for shopping, and not just for consumers: while online sales are booming, personal information about you is being collected and shared. This chat will highlight the value of your personal information and how you can protect it this holiday shopping season.
Dec 10, 2014 6:35am
The Internet is a big place where it's possible to come in contact with all sorts of people, many of them only looking out for their own interests. Fortunately, there is a good deal of technology devoted to making it possible for kids to surf, play games and shop for toys when the proper controls are in place. Here are some easy ways to give your kids safe access to the Internet.
Dec 9, 2014 5:25am
There is a golden rule of customer data: you are responsible for all customer data that you request. Using this as a guideline, check out these best practices for taking care of customer data.
Dec 4, 2014 7:56am
The Microsoft Innovation and Policy Center and the New York University (NYU) Information Law Institute recently partnered to host a symposium on student privacy in higher education entitled "Building Privacy into Data-Driven Education." The event examined the new ethical concerns, legal questions and institutional challenges raised by the growth in use of data-driven platforms at higher education institutions.
Dec 2, 2014 8:47am
Privacy as a relevant everyday concept has been pushing its way into the mainstream, and the events of the last couple of years have accelerated that trend. It's unfamiliar territory for us - is privacy trendy?
Nov 24, 2014 7:00am
A debilitating cyber attack on the U.S. electrical grid has yet to make headlines, but utility companies, federal agencies and state and local governments are increasingly engaged in dialogue and training around that eventuality, according to panelists at a recent discussion hosted by the Intelligence and National Security Alliance.
Nov 20, 2014 1:07pm
With millions of people online and connected - from grandkids to grandparents - it's more important than ever to help one another identify the online threats that target each generation. Let's discuss what preventative steps we can take to ensure cyber safety for all.
Nov 20, 2014 6:35am
As the holiday shopping bustle approaches, don't just think about buying the perfect gift and getting a great deal. For a happy and healthy season, remember that being cyber secure when you make your holiday purchases online is just as important!
Nov 18, 2014 12:20pm
At the Privacy Identity Innovation conference last week, Metanautix's Jim Adler proposed that, while transparency can be a good "disinfectant" for companies to adopt, "disinfectants sting." Adopting transparency is "meant to hurt a little." It’s a smart observation, and it’s worth exploring from both sides. Why does transparency sting, and is it worth the short-term pain?

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