Category Archives: Privacy Ref

Fifty States, Fifty laws

The big news lately is that individual states are proposing their own privacy laws. California has the California Consumer Protection Act and now New York and Maine have also proposed laws. There has been discussion of a federal law, however it seems unlikely that any kind of landmark legislation on privacy passes through to be […]

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Privacy comes at a price

At Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference last week, the message was all about Privacy. Apple has been more privacy-minded than other tech companies – that’s not news and it’s why I have an iPhone. They’ve introduced some interesting privacy features, such as showing location tracking, which I think is pretty cool. I don’t leave my […]

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CCPA is a shiny object

The California Consumer Protection Act has gotten a lot of attention recently and rightly so. It is, however, just one of a number of US state privacy legislation initiatives that have either recently been passed or is under consideration. Consider the Maine Act to Protect the Privacy of Online Consumer Information. This law requires that […]

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1 Minute Quick Privacy Ref-ernces

If you have a moment take a look at our 1 minute videos to get caught up on the latest things going on in the privacy community. California Consumer Protection Act – Ben Siegel discusses the California Consumer Protection Act and how some of the advancing Amendments can drastically change the CCPA. Privacy Awareness Ideas […]

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Fallout from a Fallout

It is often that a data breach reveals other issues that a business is experiencing, but it isn’t every day I see the opposite. When I heard about what was happening at Bethesda Softworks and their online game, I was interested immediately. The background on this is simple enough. Bethesda is a well-known video game […]

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Picking and Choosing Your Online Privacy

I’ll admit it. I am old enough that my younger adult days have not been recorded for all to access on the internet. Many of my generation – the X’ers – relish this lucky position when it comes to the intersection of life and the technological innovation time line. Not that the choice was mine, […]

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Do you have 1 minute? Check out our New weekly Quick Privacy Ref-erence series.

At Privacy Ref we are always thinking of ways to improve the experience of our followers and clients alike. Weekly on our YouTube channel you will find a relevant privacy topic being discussed in a 1-minute video such as:  Cookies walls and the Dutch DPA – Ben Siegel discusses his research on the Dutch Personal […]

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Protect Your Privacy Spring Cleaning

I’ll be honest, my blog idea was generated from an article about spring cleaning.  Let’s face it, lots of things could benefit from spring cleaning:  homes, cars, desk drawers… How about your inbox?  Maybe the ever-growing number of presentation drafts in your documents folder?  How about the flash drive in your desk drawer?  Anything in […]

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What you don’t know may (pleasantly) surprise you

Today I find myself in Louisville, KY performing a privacy assessment for a client. When visiting clients to perform an assessment, I meet with team members from all parts of the organization. Usually, I am accompanied by someone from the privacy office or legal team. Frequently, my escorts learn something new about the business and […]

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Protecting kids online – are we doing our best?

I’m trying to work through some thoughts about how companies repeatedly take advantage of consumers’ privacy in the US.  The latest being TikTok, a video sharing app acquired from musical.ly, which has agreed to pay $5.7 million to settle allegations that it collected personal information from children – a violation of COPPA or the Children’s […]

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In da House (of Representatives)

Recently, the US Congress met to discuss privacy protections from the perspective of a federal regulation. One of the most discussed topics was GDPR and whether it works or not. A lot was said, and I was pretty disappointed with the overall lack of nuance with regards to understanding what privacy is about from sitting […]

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CNIL’s Google Fine of 50 million Euros

The announcement from CNIL about their decision to fine Google provide a valuable insight into the thinking of Supervisory Authorities when it comes to transparency (notice) and consent. Google’s vulnerability to fine is attributed to the complexity of their privacy notice and terms of service. The information a user may wish to find was scattered […]

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When snazzy apps fail at providing real-time information; gate agents (actual humans!) prevail

I was recently traveling, and I downloaded the airlines’ app to use on the road.  It did prove to be initially beneficial when checking in and selecting my seat.  However, I’d like to suggest that the app prompts to opt-in to push notifications, instead of leaving it as a toggle within the app.  When navigating […]

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