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Three Things Everyone Should Know About Privacy (in honor of the Engaging Brand)

By Terence Craig

Last week I had the privilege of being interviewed by Anna Farmery for her podcast, “the Engaging Brand.” The topic was our book (Mary is the co-author) “Privacy and Big Data.” For those of you who may not know, the Engaging Brand is a multiple awarding winning, business-focused podcast with a large international audience.  The interview was filled with insightful questions and will be posted this early next week (please check it out as well as their other great content here). Anna is a prolific twitter commenter about all things social media and is well worth following (@engagingbrand).    Anna asked me to follow up with a post that talks about three things that everyone should know about privacy for her listeners, so here we go:

  1. What happens in Vegas should stay in Vegas is a well know phrase and the Internet corollary is: What happens on the Web STAYS on the Web (forever).  Even if you trust the company you are sharing your information with, do you trust the person that buys your data from them, or the company they merge with, the government agency that serves them with a warrant, or the 14 year old that hacks their server? So keep it simple: Don’t share data that you are not comfortable with being public.
  2. Don’t assume that local laws will protect your privacy – privacy laws differ markedly and which laws that apply to your data is a guessing game. Bottom line:  the intersection of local and international privacy laws almost never leads to more privacy.
  3. Remember the positive – while it’s true that our lives are becoming a much more open book, it is also true that the actions of large corporations and governments are becoming more transparent as well. I firmly believe that this increased transparency will help the 21st century avoid some of the horrors of the 20th by ensuring that we know what is being done in our name.

Thanks again to Anna for this opportunity to reach out to her audience.  Please send me any questions or comments about the book, or privacy in general to big-privacy@patternbuilders.com or @terencecraig.  Also, we arranged for a special discount on our book, “Privacy and Big Data,” for The Engaging Brand audience:

  • 50% off the electronic version
  • 40% off the printed version

Simply enter AUTHD as the discount code at the O’Reilly book page.

October 26, 2011 at 3:09 pm Leave a comment

Don’t Miss It! O’Reilly Webcast: The Evolution from Private to Public, October 28

By Mary Ludloff

Just a short reminder post about our upcoming O’Reilly webcast that explores the concept of privacy in the digital age. Terence is a panelist and I am helping out (please say hi to me in the comments section as I will be fielding questions for the Q&A at the end of the discussion and providing assistance when needed).  I must confess to all of you that when the panelists signed on (Jim Adler, danah boyd, Heather West, Terence too!), I was jumping up and down with “giddiness.” This is not a word that I use lightly as I pride myself on maintaining a calm demeanor (really) but together this group pretty much represents the full spectrum of the privacy landscape that Terence and I cover in our book, Privacy and Big Data:

  • The companies that the panelists represent (Google, Intelius, Microsoft, and our very own PatternBuilders) are all, to one extent or another, driving the privacy debate.
  • The panelists are not shy to share their opinions and those opinions are, shall we say, diverse (or perhaps contentious might be a better word).
  • The panel questions (yes, I got a sneak peek) are designed to shine a light, not just on the privacy debate itself, but on how each panelist professionally and personally deals with privacy issues.

These folks are prolific writers, bloggers, twitterers (@jim_adler, @zephoria, @heatherwest, and @terencecraig), and speakers on all things related to privacy. What can I say? All we’re missing is a lawyer (no jokes please) but all the panelists have had to deal with legal issues and how they apply to company privacy policies so I think we’re covered!

The webcast is October 28, at 10:00 am Pacific—go here to sign up. I look forward to “commenting” with you!

October 25, 2011 at 3:25 pm 2 comments

O’Reilly Webcast On “The Evolution from Private to Public: Is There Privacy in the Digital Age?” Scheduled for October 28 (And it’s free)!

By Mary Ludloff

For those of you who attended our webcast on Privacy and Big Data (replays available) you may remember a little teaser at the end of it regarding an upcoming privacy panel that we are sponsoring. Well, details on the panel are now available and you can register for it here.  And I have got to say that it features a great group of privacy experts:

  • Natalie Fonseca, the moderator, is the co-founder of Tech Policy Summit and the Privacy Identity Innovation Conference.
  • Jim Adler, panelist, is the Chief Privacy Officer and General Manager of Data Systems at Intelius.
  • danah boyd, panelist, is a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research (amongst many other affiliations) and is known for her work on youth engagement, privacy, and risky behaviors (some of her research is discussed in our book).
  • Terence Craig, panelist, is the CEO/CTO of PatternBuilders, a frequent blogger and speaker on privacy issues, as well as my esteemed co-author on our book “Privacy and Big Data.”
  • Betsy Masiello, panelist, is a Policy Manager on Google’s public policy team and is one of the leads for Google’s privacy efforts.

This esteemed panel is going to address “The Evolution from Private to Public: Is There Privacy in the Digital Age? Tune in on October 28, 10:00 AM PDT, for what promises to be a very lively discussion from panelists that are never shy about sharing their (varied) opinions as they take on the issue of how our private and public worlds are colliding in the digital age!

October 5, 2011 at 6:53 pm Leave a comment

Privacy and Big Data: Webcast Now Available!

By Terence Craig

Mary and I had a great time – and a couple of good arguments during our webcast “Privacy and Big Data: Is there room for privacy in the age of big data?” last week. The kind folks at O’Reilly have just made a recording available in case you missed it. You can find it here.  O’Reilly is also offering 50% off of all its Ebooks (offer expires September 28) including ours so go grab it.  The discount code B2SDEAL.  We would love to hear your comments on the webcast and the book – either as comments on this post or hit us up on twitter @terencecraig, @mludloff or bigprivacy@patternbuilders.com.

September 19, 2011 at 11:34 am Leave a comment

Privacy and Big Data: Post-Book Thoughts, Mary’s POV

By Mary Ludloff

Well, our book is almost done—it’s now in production phase and Terence and I are finished with most of the heavy writing (unless our editor has some additional thoughts!). In terms of time, it really has not been that long since we signed on to do it—less than six months from initial concept to publication date.  In terms of thought and brain-power, well now, that’s a very different story!

It has been a long, arduous, sometimes acrimonious (in the nicest possible way, of course) journey. You know, working for a small, privately held company means that even in the best of times, you already have multiple jobs so when you add writing a book on top of those, you tend to get a little fractured. This means that your family and friends may get a wee bit irritated with you because you simply do not have time and even when you do, you are usually talking about some aspect of privacy. So, to all my friends and family (Terence can mea culpa in his own post) thank you for being so understanding and for reading and reviewing our chapters! (more…)

August 29, 2011 at 7:46 am 4 comments

Privacy and Big Data is almost here!

By Terence Craig


Our e-book is entering production next week which is the final step before publication. Mary and I are very happy with the result and hope you will be as well.

We will let you know when we have the official release date. But as a teaser, here  is the cover (which we love).  However, I will admit to being pretty distressed when I found out that because this was a security book we weren’t allowed to get one of the famous O’Reilly animal covers. But then again, since O’Reilly authors are never told why a particular animal is picked for a book by the talented Ms. Friedman and given that mysteries drive me nuts its probably just as well! 😉

August 19, 2011 at 3:23 pm 1 comment

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