It’s Data Privacy Day!

Data Privacy is a serious topic. It’s a topic we deeply and passionately care about and a topic we work hard to create awareness around. Today, we hope you’ll celebrate the internationally recognized holiday by taking the time to evaluate and consider how well you are keeping your own data protected, and to consider what other steps you can take to be safer online.

We embrace data privacy day and hope that it has a wide reach in bringing public awareness to the data privacy issues and risks that we know to be huge, but all too often overlooked.

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Notes on This Month’s Anthem Breach

In the wake of the Athem information security breach of almost 80,000,000 records in these first few days of February, encryption and security of data are coming to the forefront of technology concerns. Indeed, even Anthem themselves, according to Brian Krebs (https://krebsonsecurity.com/2015/02/china-to-blame-in-anthem-hack/) posted an advertisement on February 4, the same day the breach was disclosed,…

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Big Data vs. Consumer Privacy

The Big Data steamroller continues to gain momentum through adoption of the technology by the world’s largest companies, as well as many data-centric start-ups. The lure of big data comes from collecting ever increasing volumes of data, at ever-increasing rates, with unparalleled variety (transactional data,  unstructured data like social media, sensor data from wearables, etc.),…

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Public Awareness of Privacy Protections

In light of the ongoing revelations regarding Edward Snowden and NSA surveillance, a 2013 Pew Research Internet Project poll shows that awareness of privacy has increased exponentially in the United States. Pew Research’s study revealed that a remarkable 86% of U.S. internet users have “taken steps online to remove or mask their digital footprints” and…

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