Geo-Location Apps and Privacy Issues

Geo-location is a relatively new term that applies to identifying geographic locations of people through the use of devices which are connected to the internet. Geolocation apps can be very useful for consumers, but many officials are concerned about the … Read More

How Does Geo-location Technology Affect Online Privacy?

Some key tech players have forecasted the next big issue is likely to be locational privacy. Everyone agrees that location based apps are valuable and useful. However, these personalized apps can also lead to potential privacy problems. There are some … Read More

Privacy and Location-Based Services

There are many uses for location based services. For instance you can use real-time maps or locate a local business. However, until some privacy safeguards are in place consumers should not use these services. Location based services basically offer information … Read More

An Organization’s Responsibility in Case of a Privacy Breach

Different regions have guidelines and laws which govern what an organization, business or institution must due in cases where a privacy breach occurs. It is important to consumer safety that they follow these types of regulations. Even though regulations vary … Read More

What are the Leading Causes of Privacy Breaches?

A privacy breach is any type of unauthorized or improper collection, disclosure, use, disposal or retention of personal information. A privacy breach often occurs in an institution or it can occur off site. Sometimes a breach occurs due to inadvertent … Read More

What is a Privacy or Data Breach?

A privacy breach is the term used when sensitive or personal information has been compromised. Any time sensitive, confidential, personally identifiable or protected information is viewed, used or stolen by someone who is not authorized to do so it constitutes … Read More

Uses of Ethnic Information

There can be many reasons why an organization collects, stores or reports data which pertains to ethnicity, race or language. A business, organization or institution may simply desire to have a full understanding of the demographics they are dealing with. … Read More

Privacy and Collecting Ethnic Data from Individuals

Most nations collect a variety of census data and each country has its own methods to do so. In most regions of the world there are privacy laws in place which are designed to help protect individuals from entities who … Read More

How Colleges Collect Ethnic and Race Data

The federal government requires colleges to submit race and ethnicity information in order to receive federal funding. This is really nothing new as ethnicity and race data have always been collected and then reported to the US Department of Education. … Read More

Privacy – Geographic Location and Mobile Devices

The wireless industry is taking the world by storm and how we all love the convenience and flexibility it provides. Mobile phones and devices are small, easy to carry and smarter. In just seconds you can use the phone to … Read More

Do State Residency Requirements Violate Privacy Rights?

There are many agencies that are run by the state government and require an individual to prove they are a legal resident of the state in order to receive benefits. Some argue that this is a violation of their right … Read More

Is it a Violation of Privacy to Know my Landlord’s Address?

In most regions there are laws in place allowing tenants to obtain the address of their landlord. It is not a violation of their right to privacy for you to obtain it. There are actually laws in place that state … Read More

Privacy and Collecting Genetic Information

Under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, or GINA, your privacy is protected when it comes to requesting, requiring or buying such information. Insurance plans are not allowed to collect an individual’s genetic information as part of the underwriting … Read More

Privacy and Individual Genetic Information

Who really owns personal genetic information; and who has access to a person’s genetic data? Genetic information is becoming more accessible as well as affordable and there are new issues emerging daily concerning an individual’s right to protect this personal … Read More

Privacy Laws and Genetic Information

Most states in the US have already taken some steps to help protect genetic information and individual’s right to privacy. Protecting genetic data requires a little more attention than other types of health related information. Genetic information is much more … Read More

Financial Institutions and Privacy Notices

Any company or organization that offers financial products or services to consumers should provide them with an annual privacy notice. Financial institutions include organizations such as: Credit Card Issuers Banks Mortgage Brokers Debt Collectors Collection Agencies Payday Loan Companies, Insurance … Read More

Protection and Privacy of Financial Information

The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act is the federal law that offers protection of personal information with third parties. The Act requires a financial institution to protect the confidentiality and security of information it collects about individuals. Each institution has to provide its … Read More

What information does a financial institution have the right to share?

With some exceptions, consumers have the right to block a financial institution from sharing non-public and personal information with outside organizations or companies. Consumers also have some limited rights because of the Fair Credit Reporting Act. This simply means that … Read More

Does Electronic Surveillance for Criminal Activity Violate our Privacy?

In the US alone, there are more than a million surveillance cameras being used. Public places are monitored through the use of closed circuit TV, open circuit TV and video cameras. The UK has about a million closed circuit TVs … Read More

Police Misconduct and Civil Rights Laws

Individuals are protected from police misconduct through protections outlined in the Fourth Amendment and the Civil Rights Act of 1871. The Act was originally passed in order to protect the rights of individuals against police brutality. Part of the law … Read More

Search and Seizure, the Fourth Amendment and Your Privacy

The Fourth Amendment is designed to protect citizen’s privacy. Part of this amendment helps protect citizens from intrusion by the government into their lives including searching their homes, property, business or person. Lawmakers and the US court system have put … Read More

HIPAA and Electronic Health Records

When you last visited your health care provider you probably noticed that hey entered your information into a computer as you were answering their questions. When medical notes are entered into an electronic data base it is considered to be … Read More

Privacy and Personal Health Record

A Personal Health Record (PHR) is created to benefit consumers and they are encouraged to be more active in their own health care. Being better informed about health care helps generate more concern and activity by individuals. PHRs are also … Read More

The Privacy Rule and Your Rights to Your Medical Record

The Privacy Rule is in place to provide you the individual with certain rights regarding your access to your own medical records. There are just a few exceptions, but you can receive a copy of your medical records, review them … Read More

Sources of Online Data Privacy Issues

It may not seem like there are data breaches lurking everywhere. But today with the use of so much technology your personal data is always in danger of being stolen and misused. It may not seem like it’s worth much … Read More

Types of Information that Foster Privacy Concerns

There are several different types of personal information that frequently generate privacy concerns for individuals. It’s not enough anymore to keep your credit card information safe, there are many different ways types of information that can be causes for concern … Read More

Ways Data is Leaked

Many companies and institutions are realizing the importance of protecting personal data. Over the last few years, there has been an emphasis on protection of personally identifying information and many businesses, companies, schools and institutions have made moves to protect … Read More

Are Mobile Apps a Security and Privacy Risk?

Studies have shown that the average user of a smartphone has installed 26 apps. The problem is that nearly all of them, possibly all of them, come with significant security concerns. Even though most studies only included custom business apps, … Read More

Do Mobile Fitness Apps Jeopardize your Privacy?

Health and fitness apps are often called “wellness apps” and benefit the user in a variety of ways. They are not intended in any way to be used in place of medical treatment by a medical professional but they include … Read More

Should Mobile Apps Have a Privacy Policy?

With the growth of popular mobile apps, one thing seems to be missing: privacy policies. Typically it is added quickly after the app is designed and developed and ready for use. It seems as though most users are not too … Read More

Are there Limits to Employee Privacy?

There are certain rights that employees have while they are in the workplace. The problem comes in the actual context and the interpretation of those rights. There are many differences for instance between the rights of public employees and private … Read More

Can a Company Monitor Social Media Accounts in the Workplace?

Employees are entitled to some privacy in the workplace, but what are employers allowed to monitor especially when it comes to protecting the integrity of their business? Is it legal for employers to monitor phone conversations or emails to find … Read More

What Privacy Rights are Protected in the Workplace?

The topic of the rights of employees in the workplace is continuing to grow in interest and controversy. It has also become increasingly complicated with the advancements in the technological age and increase of the use of computers and electronic … Read More

Benefits of Compliance with the Safe Harbor Framework

The Safe Harbor Framework provides a privacy assessment that helps to verify a company’s compliance with the Framework. This includes many steps including offering a dispute resolution process. It also helps an organization get ready for certification with the US … Read More

Safe Harbor Privacy Principles

The European Commission developed a Directive on Data Protection which was put into effect in 1998. The protection plan was designed to prohibit personal data to countries that are not in Europe and specifically to countries that do not meet … Read More

Obtaining a Safe Harbor Privacy Trust Certification

US businesses that are signed up with Safe Harbor will receive a Privacy Trust Certification. This is a certificate placed on a business website which indicates that the site had been reviewed by Privacy Trust and that it has met … Read More

How does the “Do Not Call” Registry Work?

Almost everyone has had an evening interrupted by calls from telemarketers. The Federal Communications Commission manages and enforces the national “Do Not Call” registry which is in place to protect families from unwanted sales calls. The registry is a nationwide … Read More

How to Avoid a “Do Not Call” Phone Scam?

There are thousands of people who become victims of phone scams every year. Individuals can lose just a few dollars to these scams, or they can lose their entire life savings. Scammers are in the business of cheating people out … Read More

Do Not Call – Registry Regulations

When the calls from telemarketers got out of control, the national Do-Not-Call registry was formed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). This list is designed for consumers who do not want their lives interrupted by unwanted sales calls. Once your … Read More

Publicity and Invasion of Privacy

Privacy and the Right to Publicity The “right to privacy” basically means that each individual has the right to protect their personal information from public scrutiny. One justice, Louis Brandels referred to it as the “right to be left alone.” … Read More

Right to Privacy and Personal Autonomy

One of the things that has evolved along with the right of privacy is the right of individuals to be able to choose the types of acts or experiences they wish to participate in. This is called “personal autonomy” and … Read More

What is the Right to Privacy?

The right to privacy is a concept that is referred to in the Constitution, but not necessarily mentioned specifically. When the Constitution was written in 1890, it was more of a “right to be left alone” than a “right to … Read More

How is My Information Collected Online?

If you surf the internet at all, information about you is being collected. Just visit any website and they will collect information like what songs you downloaded, the technical information about your computer, addresses of sites you just visited and … Read More

8 Ways to Protect Your Online Privacy

Online privacy is a growing concern with the rise of technology and its welcomed intrusion into our daily lives. Legitimate businesses want information about people because they want to sell them their product. They want personal information like: Family size … Read More

What is Internet Privacy?

Internet privacy is becoming a common term, but it is important to understand what it means and why you need protection. The easiest definition would be the privacy and security level of your personal information that is published or available … Read More

How Does COPPA Work To Protect My Child?

The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act is enforced by the Federal Trade Commission. Websites covered by COPPA must get a parental consent before collecting any personal information about a child. It also has to honor the parent’s choices about how … Read More

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What Should Parents Know About COPPA?

Most parents today have been made aware of COPPA, Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. This Act protects the privacy of children when they are online. Websites and Apps have to get parental consent prior to collecting personal information from children … Read More

What Web Developers Should Know About COPPA?

If you develop apps or websites you should know when your services are covered by COPPA. The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act applies to commercial websites and online services including mobile apps, which are directed at or designed for children … Read More

HIPAA and Patient Rights

The regulations set forth in HIPAA were first instituted because of abuse which occurred with patient’s health information. This information is supposed to remain confidential, and when confidentiality is breeched damage to a person can occur. For instance, an employee … Read More

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HIPAA Privacy Rule

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA, is designed to help protect individual’s health information and privacy. The Privacy Rule exists under HIPAA and applies to health care providers who typically transmit health information electronically. The Privacy Rule … Read More

What is Personal Privacy?

What is “Personal Privacy”? Privacy is considered one of the fundamental rights of humans. It protects our dignity and values. The most basic definition of privacy is a person’s right to control any and all of their personal information. Each … Read More

Privacy Matters

What is Privacy and Why it is Important? Privacy is a very broad term that basically means freedom from intrusion or interference in your life. It is the right you have to be left alone. Information privacy is on the … Read More

What is Privacy and Why it’s Not a Simple Matter?

Some people think that true privacy no longer exists, mostly because they have a Facebook account. Doesn’t Facebook and other social sites know everything about your private life? As the world has become a more “public” place, it can be … Read More