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  • What's in Your Privacy Policy?

    by Christopher Burgess on December 4, 2014

    The days of asking "Why do I need an entire policy about privacy?" are long gone. Users regularly evaluate the trade-off between how their information is being used and the cost to personal privacy. Every company needs to be upfront about how user data is being used, shared, and stored. What Does a Privacy Policy Look Like? A quick survey of well-known companies and their respective privacy…

  • Which Is It: Privacy vs. Security, or Privacy and Security?

    by Christopher Burgess on November 21, 2014

    The age-old question: is it "privacy vs. security" or "privacy and security"? This year, we’ve seen data breach after data breach affecting companies of all sizes and across all industries. We’ve also seen victims grapple with privacy headaches in the aftermath. It would seem, then, that security and privacy are intertwined. But when considering the users and how they interact with company data, …

  • And Then There Were None: Europe, the Internet, and the Right to Be Forgotten

    by John Linkous on October 20, 2014

    The European Court of Justice's ruling in May said that individuals have the "right to be forgotten" could fundamentally change Internet privacy and security. The case involved a Spanish attorney, Mario Costeja González, who was troubled that public notices were being posted in his local newspaper regarding the repossession and auction of his home. He appealed to the Court, which ruled that, …

  • Bitcoin and the Future of Crypto-Currency

    by John Linkous on September 23, 2014

    Break out your cryptographically-signed digital wallet and lay your bets: Where is Bitcoin going? As perhaps the best-known—but certainly not the sole—crypto-currency around, Bitcoin has certainly seen its share of media coverage in recent months. And like other hot-button subjects, Bitcoin seems to elicit strong reactions both for and against it. Some view it as a universal currency, free from…

  • Data Protects Patient Privacy

    by Christopher Burgess on August 26, 2014

    Who wants his or her medical information shared beyond the healthcare professionals who need to know? It’s common sense that when it comes to medical privacy, no one wants to share his information. For the recent 2014 EMC Privacy Index,respondents from different countries were asked to rate their willingness to trade privacy for convenience on a scale from 0 to 100 (100 being the most willing and 0…

  • Can’t We Just Learn to Share?

    by Gib Sorebo on July 25, 2014

    It seems that lesson about sharing we all learned in kindergarten appears to be front and center in the debate about information sharing as it relates to cybersecurity vulnerabilities, threats, incidents, and who knows what else. In its perpetual desire to appear to be doing something about cybersecurity, Congress has once again embarked on another ill-fated effort to pass cybersecurity…

  • Keeping Private Data Private: Tips and Tricks

    by Joshua Marpet on July 4, 2014

    Companies produce data. Some of it is public data, some private data. The classification of data into public and private is important, but right now, the means to keep data private is incredibly important as well. Keeping data private is a process. It starts with examining the use cases for the data. Is this piece of information going to be used every day? Or does it just need to be stored in…

  • Privacy Policy Developments and International Terror

    by Joshua Marpet on April 29, 2014

    Terrorism: The very word strikes fear into people. Even after over a decade of the "War on Terror," it's still frightening. What concrete outcomes have resulted from the war on terror today? It's been shown, studied, and proven that people are willing to give up privacy in order to get more security. Has this resulted in any day-to-day changes to the way the Internet works? Absolutely. Example? So…

  • New Legislation Addresses Mobile App Privacy in California

    by Stephen Wu on February 27, 2014

    The healthcare field is beginning to hop onto the bandwagon of mobile computing. Mobile computing is spreading to healthcare in a number of ways. The first use case is in diagnostics, in which a doctor or nurse could use a device to monitor health metrics, such as vital signs (whether at hospital stays or simply during a routine check-up), glucose levels for diabetics, sleep data, caloric or…

  • Customer Privacy: The Surprising Driver of Today's Massive Vendor Security Movement

    by John Linkous on February 6, 2014

    Within recent weeks, a plethora of vendors have announced massive security changes to their products and platforms. From Google's migration of all web certificates to 2048-bit encryption keys to Twitter's implementation of session-specific encryption keys via forward secrecy, vendors are rapidly implementing security controls across their infrastructure, often at substantial cost. The driver…

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