You need a Privacy Action Plan. Start here.

Need a handy acronym to keep on track with privacy planning? Try this: your policy needs to be Adequate, Accurate, and Authentic. Customize, implement, and revisit as necessary. If you own or manage a business of any kind or size, you have almost certainly realized by now that you need to be responsive to privacy […]

Privacy is So Money

For technology companies, privacy and security investment isn’t just about protecting against downside any more — new products and venture money mean it’s finally possible to deliver on the upside by developing privacy-enhancing technologies.  I attended another cyber security seminar last week, where a panel of distinguished security experts succeeded in scaring the bejeesus out of a group […]

Public Opinion, Privacy, and the Courts

Under Common Law, rules are formed by reference to previous cases and dominant cultural attitudes. Why do the “nothing to hide-ers” want you to have less privacy than the rules allow? In the previous post, we inquired into the origin of a stubbornly common cultural assumption, the idea that “you don’t need privacy unless you […]

Yes, Consumer Privacy is a “Reasonable Expectation”

Courts and the Constitution recognize privacy as a fundamental interest of citizens. Why shouldn’t consumers be entitled to the same consideration? A Manifesto. A while back, I was working with a brilliant startup, whose technology allows you to make private, peer-to-peer connections among all your machines and devices, without the company ever storing, touching, or […]