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
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.
Sometimes its the simple little victories that data and tech can give our family! 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.
Jay and I often speak about “identifying data” to our clients and to audiences at global conferences. Our topics tend to focus on the data all around us and how it is being leveraged in the world, but we didn’t start here. We are obsessive about data and how it is gathered and utilized and we continue to learn of new… Read More
Under Armour, Saks, and Panera, all announce privacy hacks and major data breaches within the last few days. We are learning more each day how each company responded, the good and the bad. In this episode of “Are You DataSmart?”, the Ward brothers dissect health data, like the kind popular in fitness apps as well… Read More
When Indiana Jones questions some government bureaucrats to get answers to detailed questions, they deflect him in an iconic scene saying that “top men” are working on answers. That felt a little bit similar to some of the responses to questions at the Global Privacy Summit in Washington this past week. In this recap of… Read More
Is your data valuable? Might be. Is all data valuable? Nope. How do you construct a data strategy that identifies what is valuable quickly so you can keep the good and dump the rest? In the second step of the DataSmart Method, the Ward brothers walk through a valuation approach to data assets designed to… Read More
FTC, FCC, SEC, NYDFS, AGs… you name it, the acronym exists! There are countless regulators that are weighing in on Data Privacy. As #GDPR approaches and stories about data misuse or breach mount up, you need to know the regulatory players. In this episode of “Are You DataSmart?” the Ward brothers discuss how each government,… Read More