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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

Your Expectation of Privacy: Think Before You Share

By Mary Ludloff

I am often surprised (okay, taken aback) by what I find out about someone on the Internet. It seems to me that most people have an expectation of privacy that simply does not exist. I know, I know, you have privacy settings that you use for your various accounts—but have you googled yourself lately?

Case in point. My nephew graduated from college recently and he asked me for some help regarding his job search. I think that he expected me to edit his resume, help with cover letters, and run him through some standard interview questions. Which I did. (more…)

February 14, 2011 at 2:05 pm 1 comment

TMI: Your Privacy, Data, and the Internet

By Mary Ludloff

Personally, I don’t have a Facebook page. I do have a Twitter handle, but I never use it. When I comment on an article or blog post, I am very careful about what I say (you never know when something you “type” in the heat of the moment can come back to bite you and my rule also applies to Voicemail and Email but I digress). Of course, when it comes to my friends and family and “me,” I leave it up to them. However, I do ask them not to use my last name in posts, photo captions, etc. And they seem to honor my request.

Now, professionally, I can be found on LinkedIn (last name and all), on corporate management team pages, listed as a PR contact, and as a commenter and blog poster. If you google or bing me, you will discover that I was once a co-author of an SQL book and you will be able to find out a few other details about me that I do not like the world at large knowing. However, considering how much you could know about me, I consider myself lucky. (more…)

January 10, 2011 at 4:20 pm 4 comments


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