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Data Privacy

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.

Why We Should All Be Thrilled About the FDA Starting to Embrace Innovation

Vivek Wadhwa | Posted 05.03.2015 | Technology
Vivek Wadhwa

The FDA's approval of the marketing of genetics-testing company 23andMe's carrier test for Bloom syndrome affirmed the rights of consumers to drive their own healthcare decisions and procedures. But it also means that it has become urgent to develop policies to regulate the rights of companies to resell data derived from the contents of our DNA and from our medical records.

Under Armour's Purchase Of MyFinessPal: What Happened To My Data?

Julie Ask | Posted 04.15.2015 | Technology
Julie Ask

Most of us tend not to have especially deep loyalties to these myriad tools, so we might have three fitness apps on our device, collecting significantly similar data, but each with different data visualizations or other features that make them unique.

International Privacy Day: Protect Your Digital Footprint

Stewart Wolpin | Posted 03.28.2015 | Technology
Stewart Wolpin

Did you know that Facebook, Twitter and Google+ track your visits to any website with a displayed "Like," "Tweet" or "+1" icon, whether or not you even click one of those buttons? So how do you protect yourself from undesired data collection, and your collected data from misuse or misappropriation?

7 Cool Ways to Have Fun Online While Protecting Your Privacy

Mark Weinstein | Posted 03.25.2015 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

I've got to be connected -- we all do today. And I've always loved tech -- particularly the helpful kind built by entrepreneurs who respect and honor their customers.

Inaction Is Tacit Approval: Why I Deleted My Uber Account

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 01.20.2015 | Technology
Lisa Abeyta

I've realized that when I give my money to companies that not only ignore the negative effects of unchecked bro-culture but actively embrace dirty tactics to get the advantage, I have become part of the problem that I am working to eradicate.

Why the New Digital Health Apps Might Succeed Where Self-Help Fails

Rajeev Kapoor | Posted 12.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Rajeev Kapoor

In all, the implications for powering algorithms and analyzing real-world patient data are enormous -- and they point toward more responsibility, along with freedom of choice, for the individual.

Grindr, OkCupid Are Failing To Take This Basic Security Measure, Researchers Say

The Huffington Post | Kerry Flynn | Posted 09.09.2014 | Technology

Top social and dating apps, including Instagram, OkCupid, GroupMe, and Grindr, could give hackers access to what users think are private messages, acc...

Training Future Cybercrime Fighters To Protect Your Thermostat

Cecily Joseph | Posted 04.07.2014 | Impact
Cecily Joseph

We need our next generation to not only think about data protection but how to manage the sharing of data, so we can continue to enjoy and embrace this connected world.

Time for an International Convention on Government Access to Data

Brad Smith | Posted 03.24.2014 | Impact
Brad Smith

We need an international legal framework -- an international convention -- to create surveillance and data-access rules across borders.

Private Sector Paying Price for Government Privacy Follies

Christina Gagnier | Posted 12.25.2013 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

While foreign governments may be wagging their finger at the United States for their navigation of private information beyond sovereign borders, many American companies, particularly in the technology sector, may end up paying the price for our own sovereign's transgressions.

Policies to Protect Our Data Privacy Must Be Thorough and Consistent

Rey Ramsey | Posted 03.31.2013 | Politics
Rey Ramsey

A single email may be subject to different legal standards depending on whether it is in transit, in storage, how long it is in storage, or whether it has been opened.

The Internet Association Celebrates 2013 Data Privacy Day, Urges 113th Congress to Pass Electronic Privacy Reform

Michael Beckerman | Posted 03.30.2013 | Technology
Michael Beckerman

Did you know that a law written before email was commercially available governs the way the government can access your data online?

Happy Data Privacy Day

Larry Keating | Posted 03.30.2013 | Business
Larry Keating

While the Internet and technology has become an extraordinary medium for commercial -- and personal publication, and we embrace it with abandon at times to satisfy our varying degrees of narcissism -- we really don't like it when we lose control of what we think is ours and ours alone.