Sony. Target. Home Depot. Community Health. Data breaches have Americans scared. The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) reported 783 data breaches in 2014, an increase of 27.5 percent as compared to 2013; 42 percent of those breaches occurred in the Medical/Health Care industry. On January 12, 2015, President Obama announced a legislative proposal he referred to as the Personal Data Notification & Protection Act. The Act would create a single national standard that companies would follow to notify consumers within 30 days of a breach. The President is expected to expand upon this proposal in his upcoming State of the Union speech. Read further >
2014 was a great year for hackers.
They were able to dive deeply into systems and gain valuable data from large companies such as MT Gox (the bitcoin giant), iCloud (celebrity photos) and Sony (emails, unreleased movies, etc). The latest is that Regin, known to be an espionage virus from the American and British secret services, was found on a USB stick of one of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s employees. In contrast to the first cases, in the last example, luckily the alarm went off before any damage was done. Read further >
The weeks of tech craze are back again. Launches focus on ecommerce IPO’s (Alibaba, Zalando), “private” social networks (Ello), a new phone that finally grew up and an app that proves that intrinsic value really is overrated (Yo!). Read further >
From September 2014 onwards, Google Board of Executives are traveling across Europe to discuss the right to be forgotten. It is expected that this tour will take two months to complete, and then several years to get settled. Read further >
As we are in the middle of redesigning our ecommerce sites, we have some important choices to make. What do we consider essential and trivial – which metrics matter, how should we segment? And so I had a discussion with one of our analytics guys regarding the measurement plan and dashboarding. Read further >
Most of my earlier blogs were on innovation -and that it’s part mindset, part organisation, all grit. Recently, I switched jobs here at Wolters Kluwer, and so my writing will probably change somewhat to reflect this new aspect. Read further >
The Obama Administration recently announced voluntary guidelines for companies to protect consumer information online. The “Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights” would not alter existing laws, but the 50-page blueprint would extend privacy protections to unregulated sectors and would preempt conflicting state laws. The Administration’s framework includes a recommendation for federal legislation and Federal Trade Commission enforcement. It also recommends a national standard for security breach notifications. Read further >
Data is quickly becoming one of the health industry’s most treasured commodities. New data assets, care approaches, and payment models are on the horizon, generating an explosion of information collection, exchange, and use in the industry. The health care industry is grappling with multiple issues surrounding privacy and security in this increasingly digital world that is characterized as a “data-sharing playground [with] a minefield of concerns.” Read further >
Contrary to some predictions, the world didn’t end last weekend. But have no fear; Apple and Google were tracking your location/destination anyway.
Apple and Google are helping intensify an already intense digital privacy debate with recent revelations that both companies’ mobile software track users’ movements in detail without affirmative consent.