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Privacy Tip #109 – Cybersecurity Tips for Small (and all) Businesses

I travel around helping businesses, both large and small, work on assessing their cybersecurity risks and implement measures to protect data, reduce risk and comply with applicable state and federal laws. In doing so, it is obvious that all businesses are struggling with managing data risks, and the time, resources and tools necessary to combat … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #107 – Medical Marijuana Privacy

As more and more state laws allow the use of marijuana for medical conditions, and dispensaries are opening to provide users with access to marijuana for medical purposes (and recreational use), patients are questioning and becoming concerned about the protection of their privacy when purchasing marijuana in dispensaries. The concern is that federal law still … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #106 – Online Romance Scams

I haven’t been in the dating scene for decades but I know it sure has changed. Millions of people participate in online dating, and I even know several couples who have found their significant other using online dating platforms. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the Internet is used for bad intentions, … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #105 – Data Breach Woes

I spend a lot of time and effort to protect the privacy of my personal information. I am very careful. I have pretty good security hygiene. But I don’t have total control of my personal information and it is frustrating. I am hearing the same sentiments from many of you. My information has been compromised … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #102 – How to Educate Your Employees to Use Long, Easy to Remember Passwords

I feel like I have been writing about Passwords over and over and that’s because I have. Despite hearing about how important passwords are over and over again, compromised passwords continues to be an issue for organizations. Since the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) recently published new guidance and is recommending the use … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #99 – If you are an IoT Fanatic, this App is for You

Last January, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) launched the IoT Home Inspector Challenge, a contest that requested participants to come up with a tool that would identify security issues that are caused by out-of-date software in IoT devices to better educate and protect consumers about the security vulnerabilities of IoT devices. To remind you of … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #92 – Finally, HHS Is Removing SSNs from Medicare Cards

For those of you who know me, you know that I have been very frustrated with the federal and state governments for continuing to use Social Security numbers for eligibility, enrollment and participating in Medicare and Medicaid. This includes listing individuals’ Social Security numbers on the Medicare and Medicaid cards. The good news is that … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #91 – Teen App Wishbone Compromised—Female Teenagers at Risk

Social networking app Wishbone, which is used primarily by teenage girls to vote on various teenage type quizzes, like favorite entertainers or fashion, has been hacked. The intruders have reportedly gained access to users’ (again, primarily female minors) names, unique email addresses and mobile telephone numbers. Not just a few, either. The data compromised included … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #87 – “Share with Care”

This week (May 8-12, 2017) is Privacy Awareness Week—an annual initiative of the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities Forum (APPA) that concentrates on sharing information about privacy practices and rules. The APPA is an interesting group made up of privacy regulators from Australia, British Columbia, Canada, Colombia, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Macao, Mexico, New South Wales, … Continue Reading
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