Digital Signage and Consumer Privacy

The digital signage industry is rapidly becoming aware of the privacy issues raised by interactivity and audience measurement techniques. There is, however, no industry-wide consensus about how to address those concerns. Some industry figures agree that privacy guidelines need to be adopted if…

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HHS Issues Breach Notification Rule on Heels of FTC Rule

On Wednesday, the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its interim final rule on health data breach notification. The interim rule establishes, among other things, technological standards regarding how to secure health information strongly enough to obviate the…

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The Fusion of Paranoia and Bad Policy

Last week, the Missouri Information Analysis Center (the Missouri fusion center) retracted a report entitled "The Modern Militia Movement" which said that support for mainstream third party presidential candidates was indicative of involvement in violent militia groups. The Missouri fusion center’s characterization…

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Ads With Eyes

Digital advertising displays with the ability to collect information about consumers are proliferating in stores, airports and public places. It is time for the companies involved to pay attention to privacy. The digital signage industry is aggressively pushing for ways…

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IG: Lack of Enforcement Places Health Information at High Risk

Ineffective oversight has led to “numerous, significant vulnerabilities” in the system that safeguards electronic protected health information (EPHI), according to a government report released last week. In addition, the report found that the agency charged with oversight of HIPAA’s Security Rule…

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PAYD: Privacy And Your Driving

Major car insurance companies, such as Progressive and GMAC, have recently begun offering "pay-as-you-drive" (PAYD) programs. To participate, drivers connect a device to their vehicle that monitors mileage, speed, time of day, hard braking, quick accelerations, and other data points….

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