January 28, 2021

Privacy made simple: Translating End-User Agreements into Perfect Prose

Carved into four tons of stone, the Code of Hammurabi is one of the earliest legal codes ever written. The code sets forth punishments and fines through almost 300 rules and standards. Surprisingly, at more than 6,000 words, it may be a quicker read than many of today’s end-user license agreements (EULAs) and Terms of Service (ToS), which companies require users to agree to before using their product. 

January 27, 2021

Five Ways to Immediately Safeguard Your Digital Privacy (And Your Family’s)

Benjamin Franklin once said: "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety,” which helps capture the conundrum of data privacy in today’s digital society. It’s all about tradeoffs—and everyone needs to understand there are serious privacy risks when interacting online.
In recognition of international Data Privacy Day, below are five ways you can make informed privacy choices while taking immediate action to protect the sensitive information of you and your family.

January 26, 2021

Garfield Invades Data Privacy Day

The global pandemic has certainly proved to be a challenge for not only adults, but children as well. It’s become even more apparent over the last tumultuous year that while children may be required and, in many cases, enthusiastically adopting new technology and applications, they may not have the knowledge and practice to keep themselves safe and secure online. Tablets, laptops, and smart devices are now the norm in-school and at home for fun AND education. But as we’ve certainly seen in the news and many have experienced first-hand, moving children’s lives to a completely digital world has come with extreme challenges, not the least having to teach children how to stay safe online amidst the confusion. 

January 25, 2021

Are people failing to understand privacy, or is the industry failing to explain it?

Privacy can be an emotional topic. Many people have an opinion about it, but is there a lack of understanding around privacy policies? Recently, Facebook updated its WhatsApp privacy policy, causing many users to leave the platform, claiming that new rules would mean that Facebook would gain access to their information, messages, and contacts. This is a good example of people making a judgment about a privacy policy without being fully informed. Now, for the record, I don’t share my life on social media, and I don’t understand why people are so addicted, but everyone is entitled to an opinion on the merits and business models of social media companies and whether to remain a user.  

January 22, 2021

The Developing Artificial Intelligence Landscape

Artificial intelligence (AI) is increasingly present in our lives. The nature of the fast-changing technological landscape has brought this into focus for organizations and regulators alike, particularly when it comes to data privacy. AI has myriad uses, including identity verification through facial recognition, targeted advertising, and decision automation to name but a few. Throughout 2020, we saw numerous developments in AI-related guidance, white papers, regulations, and frameworks. In this blog, we’ll look the latest AI regulations and how AI can be part of your program.

January 21, 2021

The Case for Data Privacy Week 2021: Your Questions Answered

The writing is on the wall when it comes to data privacy.
More people are paying attention to it. More countries are passing laws to address the concerns of their citizens.
So when it comes to recognizing the importance of data privacy, many experts agree a single day is not enough.
That’s why leaders at the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and others have started the drumbeat for a full week dedicated to data privacy in 2021.

January 20, 2021

2 Signs An Organization is Serious About Privacy

Despite its growing importance amid alarming government and corporate surveillance, privacy today is often used as a buzzword. It’s commonly misused to describe individual elements of the practice, such as transparency, while other critical components, like respect and control, are missing completely. Moreover, privacy professionals inside any organization are limited by the authority and resources allotted to them. Instead of relying on public messaging, the headwinds privacy teams face internally is a better measure of the overall organization’s commitment to privacy.

January 19, 2021

A Tale of COVID and Privacy

My wife and I have been very careful about “staying within our Bubble,” but it was bound to happen. Someone outside of our small group had encountered someone who tested positive and the “Bubble” began to burst. It made me consider privacy in this time of pandemic.

January 4, 2021

6 Questions About the CPRA, Answered

If you’re like most people, you’ve got some questions about the new California privacy law that passed in November of 2020.
Called the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA), it’s a comprehensive privacy law that provides significant protections to California citizens who wish to exert more control over the data they share with companies.