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ZIP Code Collection – An Invasion of Privacy?

Zip Codes Can Reveal Customer Information, Leading To Privacy Concerns By *protected email* A February 2011 ruling against Williams-Sonoma by the California Supreme Court held that a consumer’s ZIP code was “personal identification information” that merchants are not permitted to demand from customers under a California consumer privacy law. The result was a rash of…
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Putting Privacy First

“Putting Privacy First” was originally published in the August 2011 edition of TechNews. By: *protected email* Many businesses view legal compliance as a necessary evil and an obstacle to profits. Thus, compliance is often made a mere formality. Dealing with the complex privacy and data protection rules and regulations is often viewed no differently – be…
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FTC Settles Enforcement Actions Concerning Protection of Social Security Numbers

Yesterday, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced two proposed settlements of complaints filed against Ceridian Corporation and Lookout Services, Inc.   Both proposed consent orders require the companies to implement security measures similar to other such settlements, including development and implementation of more robust information security programs, along with biennial security assessments and reporting by qualified…
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Why Protecting “Non-Sensitive” Information Is A Sensitive Subject.

A recent data breach demonstrates some relevant concerns.  Last week a large marketing firm announced that numerous email addresses and possibly names and addresses of customers of some of its large clients (including banks) were compromised.  Some might say email addresses: “No big deal.”  Certainly, in and of themselves, email addresses probably don’t qualify as…
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