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Data Privacy

New Privacy Deal May Not Actually Stop U.S. Snooping

The Huffington Post | Damon Beres | Posted 02.02.2016 | Technology

A new deal reached between the United States and European Union Tuesday would allow American companies like Facebook to continuing collecting persona...

The U.S. Just Struck A Crucial Deal With Europe On Data Privacy

Reuters | Casey Williams | Posted 02.03.2016 | Technology

European and U.S. negotiators agreed to a data pact on Tuesday that should prevent European Union regulators from restricting data transfers by compa...

A Millennial Wake Up Call to All Presidential Candidates

Mark Weinstein | Posted 01.26.2016 | Politics
Mark Weinstein

They just don't get it. Five zillion Presidential candidates (or so it seems) and not one in tune with what young Americans want from the Internet. Mi...

The Future of Digital Spying: Home Edition

Michael Gregg | Posted 01.25.2016 | Technology
Michael Gregg

Forget about the NSA. When it comes to tracking your personal information and habits, the refrigerator in your kitchen may soon do a better job than ...

Europe Will Take A Stand On U.S. Data Monitoring

Reuters | Casey Williams | Posted 01.15.2016 | Technology

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union privacy regulators aim to agree next month on whether and how data transfers to the United States should continue...

Someone Let Your Voting Data Leak Online. Here's What That Means

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 12.28.2015 | Technology

There's a database of 191 million voter records online, and no one knows where it came from or who owns it.  That revelation comes from security ...

What Your Fitbit Doesn't Want You to Know

Mark Weinstein | Posted 12.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Weinstein

Got a fitness tracker? If not, perhaps there is one coming to you soon, under the proverbial Christmas tree. According to Gartner, more than 130 milli...

Encryption Is Not The Problem

Mark Weinstein | Posted 11.23.2015 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

Privacy and security are not opposing forces but mutually beneficial of each other and crucially intertwined as a means of protecting and advancing us. We need to protect them both in order to truly protect ourselves.

Lamar Smith's Lesson in Congressional Hypocrisy

Alex Formuzis | Posted 10.16.2015 | Politics
Alex Formuzis

You'd be hard-pressed to find a member of Congress more vocal about the threat of identity theft and cyber-attacks than Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas. Sm...

Steve Jobs' Greatest Notoriety: Elevating Tim Cook

Mark Weinstein | Posted 10.13.2015 | Business
Mark Weinstein

Steve Jobs is back all over the media and movie screens these days - as Hollywood portrays its take of his genius and his warts. At the end of the day (not the movie), Jobs' greatest notoriety may indeed be elevating Tim Cook to be his successor.

Obamacare Website Beefs Up Privacy Controls After Complaints

AP | Alexandra Ma | Posted 10.09.2015 | Technology

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says it's strengthening privacy protections for consumers on the government's health insurance websi...

France Is Still Pushing Google To Delete Search Results

AP | Alexandra Ma | Posted 09.21.2015 | Technology

PARIS (AP) -- France's data privacy regulator rejected Google's appeal of an order to remove search results worldwide upon request, saying Monday tha...

What We Lose Without Education Data

Aimee Rogstad Guidera | Posted 09.21.2015 | Education
Aimee Rogstad Guidera

The infrastructure and use of data to support students has grown tremendously over the last decade. We now have tools that alert educators when students are at risk of falling off track. We have programs that identify opportunities for students, like scholarships, they may not be aware of otherwise.

3 Ways to Foster Consumer Trust in a Personalized World

Patricia Morizio | Posted 08.20.2015 | Business
Patricia Morizio

Data is being used by businesses in innovative and illustrious ways to generate widespread value. Companies should be as inventive in respecting users' wishes without inhibiting data's exponential promise for economic growth.

Mom, the Selectric, and the IoT for Health

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn | Posted 08.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

Might Rosie the Robot boss Jane Jetson around? Could a Jeep get hacked? A so-called "smart" front door lock keep a homeowner locked out for a ransom? ...

Ashley Madison: Divine Justice or Buyer Beware?

Harlan Loeb | Posted 07.23.2015 | Business
Harlan Loeb

In this age when objectionable activity can be addressed through hacking that leaves permanent reputational damage, data-governance policies must be a top priority - and not only for financial institutions that can hedge their risks but also those companies that cannot.

Will the Coming 'Internet of Things' Mean the Death of Privacy?

Vivek Wadhwa | Posted 07.01.2015 | Technology
Vivek Wadhwa

Technology companies say they will use the Internet of Things to improve our energy usage, health, security, and lifestyle and habits. In reality, companies such as Apple and Google want to learn all they can about us so that they can market more products and services to us -- and sell our data to others.

Why Does Europe Hate Silicon Valley?

Mark Weinstein | Posted 06.30.2015 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

American ingenuity is alive and well. We've changed the rules of the game, invented new playing fields, and blazed new paths. Europeans would admit this reality as much as we do ourselves. The divide therefore comes when Europe thinks these services don't protect the individual.

Education Community Stands Up for Safe, Effective Data Use

Aimee Rogstad Guidera | Posted 06.30.2015 | Education
Aimee Rogstad Guidera

Where student data are concerned, privacy and security are paramount. Information is power, and we need to keep private, personal information out of the wrong hands. But what about getting the right information into the right hands?

Creepy, Remarkable Reveal: Facebook Watches You Even If You Are Not A Member

Mark Weinstein | Posted 06.13.2015 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

Facebook claims they found one that they're fixing for you. This particular bug enabled Facebook to track the online movements of non-users. Yes, you, Facebook friend or foe, user or boycotter, you were under the watchful eye of Facebook, whether you knew it or not.

Google's Remarkable Monopoly on Data Intrigues Europeans

Mark Weinstein | Posted 06.07.2015 | Business
Mark Weinstein

In Monopoly the game, you buy properties, pay fines, and try to stay out of jail. In monopoly, the real-life big business version, you use all your leverage to dominate markets, manipulate industries, avoid fines, and hire lawyers to keep you out of jail. And most of the time you do win.

Risk v. Reward: Finding the Right Balance for Digital Innovation

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 06.05.2015 | Technology
Jimmy Nguyen

Companies of all shapes and sizes - from startups to corporate giants, from new disruptors to old guard institutions, from local shops to global conglomerates - want to win new business by using digital innovations.

Europe's Remarkable New War on Facebook

Mark Weinstein | Posted 05.29.2015 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

Remember the name Max Schrems. He's a European David firing his slingshot at the modern-day Goliath you know as Facebook.

The Monsanto Privacy Model? Monsanto and Farmer Organizations May Be Forging New Path to Data Cooperation

Nathan Newman | Posted 05.27.2015 | Technology
Nathan Newman

Both the Monsanto- and Farm Bureau-led set of privacy principles and the emerging models of farmers controlling monetization of their data may be a model of privacy that those promoting economic justice models around data use should be paying close attention to.

The Privacy Revolt: The Growing Demand for Privacy as a Service

Daniel Burrus | Posted 05.18.2015 | Business
Daniel Burrus

The privacy revolt is starting, and as more consumers become fed up with unsolicited ads and questionable marketing techniques, they'll turn to tools that help them protect their privacy and ultimately keep you from marketing to them at all. Take steps now to protect your customers -- and your business.