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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

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
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