Posts by Alec Foege:


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After Breaches, U.S. Retailers Face Shift to ‘Smart Chip’ Credit Cards

by   |   March 6, 2014   |   Leave a comment

Target’s precipitous fourth-quarter net income drop following a massive credit card data breach and Nieman Marcus’s inability to track similar breaches serve as reminders of the crucial role data privacy must play in any company’s retail strategy in today’s economy. Read More…


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IBM’s Jeff Jonas on Baking Data Privacy into Predictive Analytics

by   |   November 20, 2013   |   Leave a comment

Privacy by Design, an outlook toward software development developed in the 1990s, urges companies to bake privacy protection features into its analytic systems and processes from their conception. While many executives have supported the notion of anonymizing personal data when Read More…


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Acxiom’s Privacy Chief Explains the Data Broker’s Transparency Project

by   |   October 10, 2013   |   Leave a comment

Data privacy has become a galvanizing issue in the past year, as public awareness has surged about how much personal data is readily accessible by companies and governments. Amid this public firestorm, Acxiom, one of the largest so-called data brokers, Read More…


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Documentary Filmmaker Seeks to Give Boost to Privacy-First Developers

by   |   September 4, 2013   |   Leave a comment

Routinely clicking the “I accept” button on digital user agreements has become an inseparable part of online life. Not surprisingly, most consumers don’t read the associated legally binding contracts, many of which are lengthy, hard to understand, and written in Read More…


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Consumer Data Privacy and the Importance of a Social Contract

by   |   August 6, 2013   |   Leave a comment

Ilana Westerman helps Fortune 500 companies hone their digital brands and spends a lot of time on privacy. In an interview, the CEO of Create With Context explains why she encourages clients to create a framework of trust with consumers and why understanding what consumers expect from the companies they do business with is a key element of that strategy. Read More…


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Peer-to-Peer Start-Up Seeks to Redefine Privacy in Enterprise Space

by   |   July 15, 2013   |   Leave a comment

Connect.Me is a peer-to-peer network with an approach to privacy that calls for participants to verify each others’ credentials and opt-in to establish relationships with trusted businesses. Read More…


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7 Best Privacy Practices for Companies Managing Customer Data

by   |   June 7, 2013   |   Leave a comment

Enterprises that establish privacy programs have the opportunity to custom-fit existing privacy laws to the specific industry or business. Having a well-thought-out privacy program also can serve as a market differentiator. Here are seven recommendations for crafting a solid corporate privacy program. Read More…


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Analytics, IT Firms Promote Business Benefits of Federal Data Bill

by   |   May 8, 2013   |   Leave a comment

In support of legislation that would standardize and publish all federal spending data, a group of technology companies will make their case at a public gathering in Washington on May 16. The event, dubbed DATA Demo Day, is timed to Read More…


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App for Business and Consumers Encrypts Social Media Posts for Privacy

by   |   March 27, 2013   |   Leave a comment

As social media networks have become more prevalent, so have companies’ concerns about privacy. In response, Wave Systems, a public company based in Lee, Mass., has introduced a Web service called Scrambls that allows users to control who sees their Read More…


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At Big Data Event, Speakers Assert Analytics, Data Science, Still in Early Stages

by   |   March 21, 2013   |   Leave a comment

While technology innovations continue to bring about ways to automate the collection and analysis of machine data, speakers at the GigaOm conference like Sean Gourley said leaders need to step up to define the industry’s influence on the world. Read More…