With DNA from relatives in a database, police investigators have tracked down, and have in custody, the suspected man behind the Golden State Killer. Now every privacy professional in the world is questioning what this means for DNA data access. Read More
Living in Miami means we deal with hurricanes. For most Floridians, the response to a Category 1 or 2 storm is to buy enough food for a hurricane party and binge Netflix until the power goes out. A Category 3 means block the windows, and at a Category 4, we’re gone. The problem is that… Read More
One of the things that clients talk to me about the most is how to make sure that the data security plans that they have in place makes sense. If you think about it, much of the advice that you see on the Internet or from talking heads on television is related to companies that… Read More
Realizing you are “mostly dead” according to the federal government is the definition of a mid-life crisis. But the data might prove them wrong. Read More
The concept of “Consent” will be a massive change for companies. Most databases might have a flag for consent, but the concept of providing consent and withdrawing it, at regular intervals, could turn every data platform on its head. Read More
Like a horror movie where the evildoer is not revealed until the last few scenes, I am finding that many applications that I use every day have slowly been accumulating “links” to my Twitter account.
My kids have a tendency to throw rules of evidence around at one another when they’re arguing because, you know: lawyer kids. One of my favorite lines is “you have no evidence at all that I did that!” which is usually called out despite blatant, overwhelming proof to the contrary, like the culprit being covered in… Read More
I could do a blog exclusively on data breaches because they happen so frequently that I’d never run out of material. Eight hours ago, the Supreme Court of India’s website was hacked, apparently by “HighTech Brazil Hackteam.” I imagine that they’re either a group of highly motivated lawyers or, given their logo, a group of very high teenagers. Read More
Sometimes its the simple little victories that data and tech can give our family! Read More
It’s easy to think about data as a depersonalized set of information that we can use for whatever purpose we want. But complying with GDPR will require a change of mind and a change of approach to data, and especially data subjects. Businesses that cannot navigate between unrestrained use of information and the lofty — and potentially unachievable — goals of the GDPR will struggle after May 25. How will you chart your course? Read More
This is a photo of several items in my house and to the right is the device that controls them. I told you I am already a total geek. In reality, Alexa doesn’t control the oven or microwave yet… yet.
When will GPS actually work? I’m on a freaking boat and this is what I get? Read More
Augmented Reality finally making a difference in the world… of buying sneakers. Read More
It is truly amazing how easy it is to track your progress through a country when your phone auto-geocodes every photo. This is last week for me as I went from Berlin to Paris to London.
So this is a relatively typical bathroom at a train station in Europe. Like many public restrooms here, you have to pay for entry, which is supposed to help defray the costs to keep it clean. But look closely at the right-hand side of the door.
Privacy Conferences are an oxymoron. So we just thought we’d draw one like that. Read More
Podcast! The latest DataSmart Consultants Podcast is all about some of the more recent data breaches.
This is my son watching the “Smurfs” movie. He is nestled between two chairs performing Olympic feats while also watching the movie. It’s a typical cold and rainy Sunday afternoon activity for him. That said, I was lucky enough to snap this photo and realize the dark and forbidding look of Gargamel, the evil character… Read More
“Are you DataSmart?” That’s the name of our blog, our podcast, even our branded t-shirts (kidding).
This post is a bit more technical, but it is in pure admiration for that green sign above! First, I have been fascinated by directions, maps, and signage around the world since I was young. I even tracked how movies and sci-fi showed how you would navigate in the future.