The Social Media Security Conundrum

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Should you use social media at work because it’s the way work gets done today?  Or should you ban it because the risk is too great that an employee may disclose confidential information through it? I love social media and social networking.  I use it all the time.  I use Twitter as my up-to-date news source and have great conversations …

Identity Theft Can Have Catastrophic Consequences

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I just finished reading a mystery novel that deals with identity theft and fraud.  It’s a great whodunit that’s set in New York City in 2060.  For all the changes in technology, it’s amazing how much is still the same in the future (I assume). The premise of the story is that a CEO of a large and powerful company …

Apple Gets It Right on Privacy

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Today Apple released iTunes 10.1.  I opened up iTunes and the application told me there was a new version available.  I clicked through the install screen and the EULA (end user license agreement) popped up in my face.  Like most people, I usually just click through the EULA without actually reading it.  But today I read the top section.  Why?  …

The Buzz Over User Privacy

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This week Google sent an email to all Gmail users describing a class action settlement regarding privacy complaints when they launched Buzz in February 2010.  A copy of mine is below.  The letter basically says Google made some mistakes, made changes to Buzz following public outcry and is setting up a fund to promote privacy education and policy on the …

In Facebook We Don’t Trust

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Another day, another Facebook privacy issue shows up in the news.  Yesterday The Wall Street Journal reported that Facebook has been transmitting user information to advertising and Internet tracking companies through its popular applications.  Facebook claims that they did not do this intentionally, but that it was a function of how browsers pass credentials. This issue affects millions of users …

Legal Meets IT Over Privacy

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I recently read an interesting article where GE brought together their Legal and IT teams to address information governance and security.  Nuala O’Connor Kelly, senior counsel and chief privacy leader for GE, worked with GE Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Grady Summers to launch a GE Information Governance Council.  This combines the strengths of IT and Legal to holistically review …

Let’s Play Identity Theft Roulette

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It’s the fabulous new game that’s sweeping the globe.  Every day you hear about some organization losing someone’s personal information.  These activities go from the simple act of finding someone’s paper credit card statement to sophisticated hackers stealing customer data from a website or database.  It can get a little overwhelming sometimes and make you feel like you are in …

I Can Steal Your Credit Card If You Talk So Loud

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Everyone is so focused on identity theft through electronic means that many people forget about simply stealing something by listening.  The other day I was in my public library, when a woman came in and wanted to use the Internet.  She said her computer had died at home and she needed to do a few things online.  She went over …

The Cone of Silence

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Do you remember the Cone of Silence in the old Get Smart TV show?  It was great.  The Chief and Max would lower the cone so no one could hear what they said.  It was a funny, but effective, way of keeping a conversation secure. The best part was that most of the time it didn’t work.  The mechanism would …

Privacy and Cloud Computing

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A few months ago, I wrote a post about Cloud Security.  But what about privacy?  Or are they the same thing? When I think about privacy, I think about personal information stored in the cloud.  If I’m a merchant, I probably have my customers’ credit card information, home address and phone numbers.  If I’m a health care provider, I might …