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Privacy Tip #194 – NSA Issues Alert to Microsoft Windows Users

Many individuals and not-for-profit organizations, including those in the health care industry, believe that they do not have the resources to update to the newest versions of software. However, the newest versions are introduced by manufacturers to patch older versions that have known security flaws and vulnerabilities. Microsoft Windows users have been warned repeatedly over … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #192 – Combating Robocallers: California AG Hits Scam Telemarketers with $1.5M in Judgments

Like many of you, I don’t answer my cell phone unless the number pops up as someone I know, because a majority of the calls I get are spam or robocalls. It’s so frustrating. Although these calls are probably a violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – the … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #191 – Trying to Protect Your Medical Information—Let’s Ask Questions About Data Security

In the top three of the list of highly sensitive personal data to be concerned about is our medical information. It’s so sensitive because it is so personal. It used to be that our medical information was located in paper charts at our doctor’s office, the hospital, the pharmacy and our health insurer. Now it’s … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #190 – Internet of Medical Things (IoMT)

These days, pretty much everyone is aware of potential security incidents and the risks involved with Internet of Things (IoT) devices because security was not built into the device during the manufacturing process, but there is less awareness of the risks associated with the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT). Just like IoT devices, such as … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #186 – Some Hotmail Users’ Emails Compromised

On April 14, 2019, Microsoft alerted some account owners that Microsoft Outlook and Hotmail email addresses had been compromised over a three-month period. According to Microsoft, “We have identified that a Microsoft support agent’s credentials were compromised, enabling individuals outside Microsoft to access information within your Microsoft email account.” It also said “[U]pon awareness of … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #182 – FTC Issues 2018 Annual Report on Data Privacy and Security

In the midst of unending robocalls, news of big tech companies collecting, using and monetizing consumers’ information, and hackers and scammers, we forget that anyone is doing anything to protect our privacy. Only somewhat comforting against that backdrop is the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) annual report on its privacy and security work, which was released … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #181- IRS Warns Consumers and Employers About Tax-Related Phishing Schemes

In another round of warnings from the federal government on protecting yourself from tax return fraud and identity theft, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued its 2019 “Dirty Dozen” Campaign, designed to warn individuals about the most common tax-related phishing schemes that are focused on tax fraud and identity theft. During tax season, cyber … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #179 – Your Children’s Online Activity

Parents have historically struggled with how to address their children’s online activity. Parenting styles differ, but most parents understand that monitoring and supervising their children’s online activity is important and necessary. There is a federal law, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, (aka, COPPA) that applies to the online activities of children under the age … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #176 – Sharing Your Genetic Information With Private Companies

I had very interesting conversations with both of my classes in the last week over the sharing of genetic information in the context of learning about the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (GINA). GINA generally prohibits employers and insurers from using genetic information to discriminate in employment or insurance underwriting. People mistaken believe that GINA protects … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #175 – Data Privacy Day

Ok it’s not as great as your birthday, but it comes once a year—Data Privacy Day, which was celebrated worldwide this week on January 28, 2019. In honor of Data Privacy Day 2019, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) published a map of the world showing which countries protect the online privacy … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #172 – The Weather Company App Collects and Monetizes Users’ Geolocation Information

A lawsuit filed late last week by Los Angeles City Attorney Michael Feuer alleges that TWC Product and Technology LLC (TWC), the company behind The Weather Company App, is collecting, disclosing, selling and monetizing users’ information without their consent. According to the lawsuit, the weather app tracks real time geolocation data on 45 million users … Continue Reading
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