Digital Privacy

May 1, 2015
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Legislation that would establish new nationwide privacy protections for American consumers was introduced by a group of high-profile Democratic senators on Thursday, including Pat Leahy (Vermont) and Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts). The Consumer Privacy Protection Act would establish federal standards for notification of consumers when their data is lost or stolen...

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May 1, 2015
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Driven by the fallout of major data breaches at Target, Sony Pictures, Anthem and hundreds of other large and small organizations, cybersecurity is now a problem of strategic importance in organizations of all sizes.

ThirdCertainty sat down last week at the RSA Conference in San Francisco with Howard Schmidt, former White House Cybersecurity Advisor under...

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April 30, 2015
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Usually you hear the phrase “too much information,” or TMI, in a funny context. Like when you reveal a little too much about a personal situation, or something people simply are not interested in.

When it comes to the Internet, however, providing TMI is no laughing matter. When you over-share, you compromise your privacy and even leave your identity, reputation, and property vulnerable to criminals. Practically every click on the Internet reveals...

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April 22, 2015
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SAN FRANCISCO—Financial services companies and luxury goods retailers fawn over them. We used to call them millionaires or simply wealthy. In today’s lexicon they are referred to as high-net-worth individuals, or HNWIs. ThirdCertainty recently sat down with Eduard Goodman, chief privacy officer of CyberScout, to discuss why HNWIs have become attractive targets to cyber criminals.

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March 25, 2015
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Mattel Inc.'s new talking doll, Hello Barbie, connects to the Interent and relies on speech-recognition software to communicate with children. Critics say that poses serious privacy threats to children and families, as outlined in this BloombergBusinesss story. The doll was unveiled at the recent Toy Fair in New York, and despite the controversy, Mattel has no plans to...

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March 20, 2015
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Health insurer stricken: Some 11 million customers of health insurance company Premera Blue Cross may have been affected by a May 2014 cyber attack. The company, licensed by Blue Cross Blue Shield, said the data breach wasn’t discovered until Jan. 29. Hackers may have gained access to customers’ Social Security numbers, bank account data, contact information and claims data. Premera plans to offer two years of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection services to ...

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March 12, 2015
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Largest breach case ever. This one dwarfs Target and even the Anthem breach. Beginning in 2009, hackers cracked the top email providers stealing one billion addresses. They then sent spam from those same servers collecting millions in affiliate commissions over a period of two and a half years. The Justice Department has nabbed two of...

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March 5, 2015
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Banks’ monitoring found lacking. What do U.S. Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry and New York state’s Department of Financial Services superintendent Benjamin Lawsky have in common? Answer: Serious concerns about the banking sector’s capacity to monitor and detect money laundering and cyber intrusions – shortfalls that could pose significant threats...

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February 11, 2015
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A recent report in Science Magazine revealed the soft underbelly of what was once considered a well-armored use of “anonymized” consumer information. The study’s authors were able to successfully identify consumers based on several anonymized data sets—specifically, their credit card purchases.

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January 28, 2015
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The president has discussed the issues of data privacy and cyber security several times recently, both during press conferences and the State of the Union address. He has put forth a handful of proposals to encourage more robust and more effective information sharing between the federal, state and local governments and organizations in private industry. While the goal of improved information sharing is a good one, there may be some flaws in these proposals.

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