A few times a year, we are struck by statements, images and speeches that have not stood the test of time due to changes in public discourse, the evolution of critical thinking and just plain modern trends.

One speech that has aged well is Robert Mueller’s 2011 discourse for the…

…or are they far more prevalent and significant than some would have you believe?

That depends. What do we mean by “data breach”? According to the bastion of impartiality that is Wikipedia.com, it is defined as:

A data breach is the intentional or unintentional release of secure or private/confidential information…

3 Cardinal Rules to Follow When Avoiding Responsibility for Cybersecurity Incidents.

First and foremost, let it age for a month after discovery. It is important to appreciate that data breaches get better with age, so give it time before you get around to pen some well turned phrases.

That was a bonus tip. It almost goes without saying that the sooner…

By simply reading this page, you may be inadvertently sharing some info with faceless companies (other than Medium.com). What gives?

A quick look at some of the gremlins that show up as being blocked in my browser confirms it: DataDogHQ, Optimizely, Parse.ly and Google Analytics are just a few of…

How Spammers Wag The Dog By Exploiting Telus’ New Online Community, the Neighbourhood

Imagine you were a spammer looking for your next mark. …

Or how companies collect and share our information before even asking for it.

Let’s get one thing out of the way. You must never, ever, ever surf the Web unprotected. You would not walk into a store if you had to fill out detailed application forms from strangers, so why…

“Based on our sharing of your data without consent, will you recommend us?”

It’s always perplexing when legitimate, unsolicited emails appear to intentionally masquerade as phishing expeditions. It’s even more confusing when banks, the very organizations that claim to understand security intimately, demonstrate precisely what not to do.

This pearl recently landed in my inbox.

Companies forced to secretly share information about their customers used to rely on the warrant canary mechanism to alert the public of secret requests for information. Is it time to bring them back?

Between Amazon’s Ring & Alexa and Google’s Nest and Home, more than a quarter of Canadians are…

A Data Privacy Day (#DPD) article filled with metaphors, appropriation and metaphoric appropriation.

Happy #DataPrivacyDay or as they call it in Europe, #DataProtectionDay!

As a two-bit agitator against ignorance and corruption, I am increasingly concerned about the question of climate. The global digital ecosystem, fickle as it may be, has…

Pandemic Excuses Enable School Boards and Edtech Companies to Force Parental Consent for Student Data Collection

With the vastly expanded use of remote learning during the Covid-19 pandemic, some school boards are taking the extraordinary step of forcing parents and students to agree to risky data collection practices and privacy-invasive…

Bad Privacy

Fīat jūstitia, ruat cælum. Personal musings on data protection fails, snafus & oddities, collected & edited by Claudiu Popa; author, educator, booknerd.

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