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Making customer privacy a priority

Within 24 hours of the long-awaited launch of Disney+, the entertainment multinational’s streaming service, it was reported that thousands of accounts had been hacked, with critical data stolen and sold online. As these breaches are so common, we’ve become almost unphased by them. Not a day goes by where our mortgage information, our passwords, and…

Within 24 hours of the long-awaited launch of Disney+, the entertainment multinational’s streaming service, it was reported that thousands of accounts had been hacked, with critical data stolen and sold online. As these breaches are so common, we’ve become almost unphased by them. Not a day goes by where our mortgage information, our passwords, and even our old emails aren’t wrapped up in some sort of endpoint security failure that attacks our digital privacy.

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Keith Casey currently serves on the Platform Team at Okta working on Identity and Authentication APIs.

The cynic would suggest this is the new normal, that we have made a Faustian bargain with big tech to choose convenience over security and privacy. While news reports highlight companies behaving badly, change may be on the horizon, both in terms of companies’ attitudes towards customer privacy and in the regulatory compliance landscape. While fines and further legal ramifications should be enough to drive businesses to take customer privacy seriously, customers also need to take responsibility and push change.

Increased regulation, improved privacy

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the European Union’s privacy regulation, which launched last May. GDPR arose as a holistic approach to update existing, inconsistent and conflictin

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Radiohead launches online ‘public library’ so you can stream their rare stuff

Radiohead has launched a “public library” online and yes, you can get a library card. The legendary English band unveiled the Radiohead Public Library on Monday, an online archive of Radiohead’s back catalogue in one place, with links to either buy or stream via Spotify and Apple Music, along with videos and out-of-print merchandise. Fans…

Radiohead has launched a “public library” online and yes, you can get a library card.

The legendary English band unveiled the Radiohead Public Library on Monday, an online archive of Radiohead’s back catalogue in one place, with links to either buy or stream via Spotify and Apple Music, along with videos and out-of-print merchandise.

Fans can head to the website to register as a library member, and create their own library card. It’s pretty neat, but it looks like you can’t customise it on the site — you have to download the PNG file to add your mugshot into the corner. If you want to print it out and laminate it to throw in your wallet, go for it. 

And that QR code? It heads to the GDPR website — s

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Cookie consent tools are undermining GDPR

A new study by researchers at MIT, UCL and Aarhus University suggests that most cookie consent pop-ups served to European internet users are likely defying regional privacy laws such as GDPR.The researchers published their findings in a paper titled “Dark Patterns after the GDPR: Scraping Consent Pop-ups and Demonstrating their Influence” which argues that vendors…

A new study by researchers at MIT, UCL and Aarhus University suggests that most cookie consent pop-ups served to European internet users are likely defying regional privacy laws such as GDPR.

The researchers published their findings in a paper titled “Dark Patterns after the GDPR: Scraping Consent Pop-ups and Demonstrating their Influence” which argues that vendors of consent management platforms (CMPs) are engaging in illegal practices, saying:

active consent is required for tracking

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Building an enterprise website

Since the dot-com boom of the late 1990s, we’ve all witnessed the acceleration of the commoditisation of the website builder. The enterprise space, in particular, is one where the challenges and intricacies of development vary greatly. It’s important for companies to know the key issues, both from a governance standpoint and business perspective, to ensure…

Since the dot-com boom of the late 1990s, we’ve all witnessed the acceleration of the commoditisation of the website builder. The enterprise space, in particular, is one where the challenges and intricacies of development vary greatly. It’s important for companies to know the key issues, both from a governance standpoint and business perspective, to ensure they don’t fall behind the competition in terms of process and operation for innovation.

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Drew Griffiths, CEO of Cohesion, Acquia.

Abide by governance

It’s vitally important for enterprise website building to revolve around the concept of governance. Companies will need to have a series of checks and balances in place to make sure their content is fully compliant with their legal teams, and abides by the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and other localised restrictions that might be in place.

Enterprises may have several hundred microsites or product lines that run into the thousands or higher and must be categorised, so having processes in place to ensure they can maintain and govern in a way that adheres to the legal standard, is paramount.

Governance tasks like inputting and proofing standard information or formatting across multiple sites are tedious, time-consuming and greatly raise the risk of failure to comply through human error. What enterprises need is a back-office function that will replicate the e

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Major new privacy law in 2020: What you need to know about the CCPA

One huge change coming in 2020 is a new data privacy law called the California Consumer Protection Act, or CCPA. And its effects will be felt far beyond the Golden State. The CCPA is basically California’s equivalent to the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR. The law, which was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown…

One huge change coming in 2020 is a new data privacy law called the California Consumer Protection Act, or CCPA. And its effects will be felt far beyond the Golden State.

The CCPA is basically California’s equivalent to the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR. The law, which was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last year, grants California residents new privacy rights and consumer protections. It goes into effect at the stroke of midnight on Jan. 1, 2020. And, even if you aren’t a resident of California, it could affect you.

What is the CCPA going to do? 

Residents of California will have the right to know what personal data is being collected about them and the right to request that this information be deleted. They will also have the right to know the details of how their data is being used, who the data is sold to or shared with, and they can request that their data not be sold to third parties. In addition, Californians will have the right to request access to their personal data.

In fact, you may have already come across the results of the CCPA in the form of privacy policy update notifications from websites as they prepare for the changes.

“We’ve already seen some differences,” said R. Paul Singh, CMO of Okera, a data security company that works with companies to make sure they are GDPR and CCPA compliant. “Websites already ask you to agree to give permissions to specific thin

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