Who’s to Blame for Identity Theft? Everyone

Identity Theft

Who’s to Blame for Identity Theft? Everyone

Who’s to Blame for Identity Theft? Everyone

The other day a reporter asked me who’s to blame for the growing epidemic of identity-related tax fraud. I almost replied, “the government and the bad guys,” but I caught myself before committing to that inaccuracy. “We’re all to blame,” I said. I believe that breaches, and the identity theft that flows from them, have… Read More

Your Anonymous Credit Card Data Isn’t So Anonymous

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Your Anonymous Credit Card Data Isn’t So Anonymous

Your Anonymous Credit Card Data Isn’t So Anonymous

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. Using purchase metadata with no credit card numbers, names or any other simple identifiers,… Read More

The Simple Email Trick That Could Protect Your Identity

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The Simple Email Trick That Could Protect Your Identity

The Simple Email Trick That Could Protect Your Identity

“Having two identities for yourself is an example of a lack of integrity,” Mark Zuckerberg proclaimed in The Facebook Effect. Easy for him to say. Facebook has made a mint on data integrity—your personal information yoked to likes and dislikes sold to the highest bidder. But here’s some bad news for Zuck: When it comes… Read More

Should Banks Be Allowed to Robocall Your Cellphone?

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Should Banks Be Allowed to Robocall Your Cellphone?

Should Banks Be Allowed to Robocall Your Cellphone?

According to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, it’s illegal to robocall a mobile phone number without permission. The American Bankers Association wants to change that, arguing that robocalls will help fight identity theft and other kinds of fraud. Opponents say that’s an overreach, one that will erode an important consumer protection. “Gee, I can’t talk… Read More

Obama’s Data Security Plan: Do As I Say, Not As I Do

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Obama’s Data Security Plan: Do As I Say, Not As I Do

Obama’s Data Security Plan: Do As I Say, Not As I Do

“If we’re going to be connected, then we need to be protected,” President Obama proclaimed at the Federal Trade Commission on Monday. In wide-ranging remarks, the president expressed what should be a self-evident truth, but is not yet a reality in the new digital age: “As Americans, we shouldn’t have to forfeit our basic privacy… Read More

It’s Tax Season. Do You Know Where Your Mail Is?

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It’s Tax Season. Do You Know Where Your Mail Is?

It’s Tax Season. Do You Know Where Your Mail Is?

During the holiday season a missed or stolen package can be aggravating, which is doubtless why you eagerly watched for deliveries all December, calling the nanosecond you suspected a problem. Unfortunately, many employers don’t send tracking numbers when the packet of vital documents marked “Important Tax Information Enclosed” hits the mail destined for your home… Read More

How the Sony Hack Is Changing the Way I Work

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How the Sony Hack Is Changing the Way I Work

How the Sony Hack Is Changing the Way I Work

If the past two years have revealed anything, it’s that every conceivable mode of communication comes with its share of serious privacy and security issues. Email can be hijacked, mail servers can be breached and malware can turn your smartphone into a peepshow. Wikileaks revealed that even our phone conversations are at risk. That said,… Read More

Is Your Christmas Present Spying on You?

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Is Your Christmas Present Spying on You?

Is Your Christmas Present Spying on You?

T’was the night after Christmas, when all through the house Every stripe of device with no need of a mouse Sent oodles of data to that Cloud in the Air While their owners slept soundly, with nary a care… When it comes to gifts from the Internet of Things department, there’s no jolly guy in… Read More

5 Big Privacy Predictions for 2015

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5 Big Privacy Predictions for 2015

5 Big Privacy Predictions for 2015

It seems like there were more companies that had privacy-related problems in 2014 than didn’t. And the lucky ones that didn’t “get got” were separated by only one or two degrees from those that did. As we look ahead to 2015, I see a mix of old privacy concerns along with a few emerging dangers…. Read More

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