Category: Privacy

Privacy content from Leo Nelson

Protect Children from Identity Theft

Forbes provides some good guidance on protecting children from Identity Theft:

Freezing your child’s credit file helps prevent criminals from opening new accounts in your child’s name, but it is still prudent to monitor their credit periodically to check for fraudulent activity. You can breathe easier with a credit freeze applied to your accounts, but don’t get too complacent. The 2017 Equifax data breach highlights that there will always be vulnerabilities in the system. You need to stay vigilant – because no protection system is 100% effective. You can learn more about the credit freeze process for the three major credit reporting bureaus at their respective sites. Equifax: Online or by phone at 1-800-685-1111 Experian: Online or by phone at 1-888-397-3742 TransUnion: Online or by phone at 1-888-909-8872

Unroll.me

Unroll.me – is an interesting service that helps automate unsubscribing from mailing lists, but what caught my eye is their approach to describing data practices with a service that is clearly beneficial but comes at the cost of providing access to an individual’s or organization’s most sensitive data. Unroll.me’s How we use data page specifically addresses the following topics that every organization should strive to transparently share:

How we keep your data safe

What kind of data we collect

How we use your data

Who we share information with

Our commitment to transparency

Privacy Definition

An excellent definition of privacy in the context of autonomy and security:

  • Autonomy Privacy is an individual’s ability to conduct activities without concern of or actual observation (i.e., surveillance).
  • Information Security is the protection of information resources from unauthorized access, which could compromise their confidentiality, integrity, and availability.  This includes, but is not limited to networks, hardware, software and information (some of which is confidential).
  • Information Privacy is the intersection of autonomy privacy and information security — it is the appropriate protection, use, and dissemination of information about individuals

Source: Autonomy Privacy, Information Privacy and Information Security