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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

Privacy Tip #170 – Patch: Business + Personal

In this week’s New + Now piece, we discuss the importance of patching software vulnerabilities and being patient at work to allow your data security colleagues to patch those vulnerabilities, which are coming more frequently and are taking longer. When I conduct employee data privacy and security education sessions for clients, I am surprised at … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #169 – What to Do When You Get the Breach Notification Email from Starwood Hotels/Marriott

I knew I would get it. It was just a matter of time. The dreaded breach notification email from Starwood Hotels/Marriott hit my inbox this Monday. As you know, I am one that is serious about data privacy. I have received notification of data breaches of my information before, and what irks me is that … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #168 – USPS Security Vulnerability Affects More Than 60 Million

We previously commented on the risks around the United State Postal Service’s (USPS) “Informed Visibility” service, which allows customers to preview their mail to inform them when it will be delivered. Some security experts recommend that customers opt out of the program so an account cannot be opened in your name. Last week, it was … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #166 – Black Friday Shopping Risks

It’s that time. The holidays and shopping deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Here is some helpful information to consider while shopping this weekend. A new study from RiskIQ—its 2018 Black Friday E-commerce Blacklist states that “This Thanksgiving weekend, threat actors are poised to claim a pretty big slice of the e-commerce pie.” How, you … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #164 – Identity Thieves Using USPS Informed Delivery to Open Fraudulent Credit Card Accounts

The United State Postal Service (USPS) launched a program called “Informed Delivery” with the goal to assist consumers in protecting themselves from identity theft. The program allows consumers to register an account on usps.gov which allows one to view scanned images of all of their incoming mail for free. However, it is being reported that … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #162 – Cybersecurity Help for Small Businesses

Small businesses are targeted by hackers because they often do not have the resources to stay abreast of new schemes, or to protect against them with the latest technology or security solutions. Small businesses have historically struggled with data security, so any help is always welcome. Recognizing that small businesses struggle with data security, the … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #159 – Consider Risks When Using Facebook and Other Social Media Platforms

Facebook announced late last week that it had suffered the largest breach in its history with 50 million accounts were compromised, and another 40 million accounts affected. Yes, that equals 90 million accounts. If you use Facebook and were locked out of your account over the weekend, your account was most likely affected. The 50 … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #157 – Protect Yourself From Utility Scams

The recent tragedy with gas customers in Massachusetts has everyone focused on their utilities. Which makes it a perfect time for scam artists to take advantage of worried customers—both individuals and small businesses. One scam making headway is when a fraudster calls a customer over the telephone telling them that their water, electricity or gas … Continue Reading
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