Digital Privacy

February 27, 2017
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Germany has taken steps to allay concerns about how the “Internet of Toys” could put children in harm’s way.

This past December, consumer groups concerned with child safety petitioned the Federal Trade Commission to look into a hot new doll, named My Friend Cayla, and its counterpart marketed to boys, i-Que Intelligent Robot. Privacy advocates expressed concern about the dolls’ capacity to spy on children.

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February 3, 2017
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Did you hear about the guy from Bucksnort, Tennessee, who sent a catfisher his life savings after a steamy back-and-forth on a popular dating app? The amount lost: $4,395.45, which was the supposed cost of airfare and visa expedition for the victim’s true love to get from Kiev, Ukraine.

If you think you did hear about it, you’re mistaken, because I made it up. The reason I did that: Too many catfishing scams go unreported. As a result, awareness does not match the threat.

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January 6, 2017
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Have you seen the Geico ad with the talking parrot? A 19th-century ship is boarded, the captain surrounded by pirates. The leader shouts, “Let’s feed him to the sharks,” (pirate cheers and swords held high) “and take all his gold” (more cheers). The parrot repeats these lines, and adds, “and hide it from the crew. They’re all morons anyway.”

The voiceover at the end of the Geico ad explains, “If you’re a parrot, you repeat things....

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January 1, 2017
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More organizations than ever, especially small and medium-size ones, will seek to account for the fast-rising risk of suffering a cyber attack in 2017 by buying a cyber liability policy.

The general state of security of U.S. business networks remains anemic when compared to the vast and growing capabilities of hackers with malicious intent. Companies are beginning to realize the value of offsetting this risk to an insurance...

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September 23, 2016
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A day doesn’t go by when we don't read news of a data breach at a major company or government institution. The breaches at ADP, the IRS and now Yahoo, are good examples.

We asked Eduard Goodman, CyberScout chief privacy officer and an expert on international privacy and data protection law, what to do when a data breach notification letter lands in your mailbox.

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April 29, 2016
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Maybe the thought actually occurred to you that something was “phishy” about that link, but that’s so 30 seconds ago. You clicked and now your computer screen is locked. Behind that frozen screen lie your personal files — everything from photos to tax documents — all of it encrypted by a third party that promises to return access for a ransom, which is usually between $200...

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April 19, 2016
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By James LaDue

The internet is a strange and dangerous place, especially when it comes to your personal information. With all the hackers and scammers out there, protecting your information in cyberspace is much more of a challenge these days than simply demonstrating common sense. And you can’t just rely on your bank’s internet security measures anymore.

Cyber-thieves have now found...

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April 15, 2016
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The only sure thing in the world of information security is that there is no such thing as a failsafe solution. It’s crucial not only to keep abreast of the latest threats out there, but to also act as though the mission is to find your way to safety from the middle of a lawless demilitarized zone that’s lousy with enemy snipers.

Sound extreme? Remember that Cold War classic “A Few Good Men” when Colonel Jessup (played by Jack...

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March 27, 2016
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The Privacy XChange Forum just got better.

Register now for a complimentary ticket to the fourth annual privacy event of the year.

PxF4Oct. 16-18, 2016Boulders Resort & Spa

PxF4 promises exciting new speakers, including former C.I.A. employee and whistle-blower Edward Snowden, and...

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March 9, 2016
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The next president of the United States will face profound privacy and security challenges.

Wonder how the White House hopefuls fare? CyberScout experts graded the two Democratic candidates and four leading Republican candidates on privacy and security using reference material assembled by Passcode.

Check out this infographic to see who passed and who failed.

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