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Data Mining Spurs Innovation, Threatens Privacy

December 20, 2009

http://m.npr.org/story/121615586


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Mom’s tweet as son was dying stirs debate

December 20, 2009

http://usat.me/?37061602


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Should individuals/organizations be held accountable/liable for disclosing sensitive personal information on another person?

December 15, 2009

Kevin G. Coleman in his article The Intersection of Privacy, Confidentiality and Personal Data Protection raises that question. He goes on to list a variety of data types not necessarily considered PII.

Quoting Mr. Coleman, he lists:

  • Employment records;
  • Military ID and record;
  • Driver’s license numbers;
  • Protected health information;
  • Confidential resume information;
  • Educational information and records;
  • Garnishments, tax levies, wage assignments;
  • Digital signatures (ink signatures that have been digitized);
  • Beneficiaries, retirement account allocations and investments;
  • General personal information such as date of birth and mother’s maiden name, etc.;
  • Unique biometric data, including fingerprint, voice print, retina or iris image or any other unique physical representation;
  • Passwords, security codes, access codes, biometric codes, personal identification numbers, and other unique account identifiers;
  • Proprietary computer applications or source code to which someone or organization holds a license that restricts further or public distribution;
  • Trade secrets or other proprietary business information owned by a third party and provided and protected under the promise of confidentiality; and
  • Research, testing, or training done for financial benefit or in connection with a potential investment or development or transfer of technology.
  • The action item here is that we all need to examine the data entrusted to our care, and protect the privacy of other individuals data as we would our own. If we don’t, we may pay the legal consequences.

    Legal Guide for Bloggers

    December 14, 2009

    By the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). Nice to have handy.

    You can find it here.

    A Taxonomy of Social Networking Data

    December 14, 2009

    This is a very interesting categorization by Bruce Schneier of social networking data. This potentially allows for more granular assignment of rights for each data type.

    Bruce defines 5 basic data types in his taxonomy. To quote, they are:

  • Service data. Service data is the data you need to give to a social networking site in order to use it. It might include your legal name, your age, and your credit card number.
  • Disclosed data. This is what you post on your own pages: blog entries, photographs, messages, comments, and so on.
  • Entrusted data. This is what you post on other people’s pages. It’s basically the same stuff as disclosed data, but the difference is that you don’t have control over the data — someone else does.
  • Incidental data. Incidental data is data the other people post about you. Again, it’s basically the same stuff as disclosed data, but the difference is that 1) you don’t have control over it, and 2) you didn’t create it in the first place.
  • Behavioral data. This is data that the site collects about your habits by recording what you do and who you do it with.

  • Take some time to peruse the comments. Quite a discussion.

    Article here

    U.S. House Passes Data Breach Bill

    December 12, 2009

    Last week, U.S. House of Representatives legislators passed the H.R. 2221 the Data Accountability and Trust Act (DATA), which requires security policies for consumer information, regulates the information broker industry, and establishes a national breach notification law. The bill now moves to the U.S. Senate, which is also considering a similar measure.

    Article here

    Google CEO Eric Schmidt: Privacy Quote of the Week

    December 12, 2009

    Many privacy advocates are up in arms after Google CEO Eric Schmidt recently made the following statement:

    “If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.”

    Article here