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April 19, 2018
Consumer privacy

Don’t be surprised if the Cambridge Analytica/Facebook story turns out to be merely the first in a long line of stories to come about the abuse of consumer data purloined from social media.

ZDnet reports that 48 million personal profiles were compromised with data that was just as granular as the information in the possession of...

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April 18, 2018
Privileged access

It doesn’t matter how many times you tell employees not to share passwords. A new study suggests many people are still going to do it.

The 2018 Privileged Access Threat Report, recently published by Bomgar, a leader in identity and access management solutions for privileged users. The study is global, taking a look at employees, independent contractors, and third-party vendors, specifically at the way they handle security.

Brass tack: 50% of the...

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April 17, 2018

Who is Cambridge Analytica?

Cambridge Analytica is a voter profiling consulting firm that used data mining and psychographic targeting for political campaigns, most notably for Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.  Cambridge Analytica is in the hot seat for harvesting data from a personality quiz, where the personal data of 87 million users was mined and deployed without their consent.

What kind of information was...

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April 11, 2018

By Denise Szott

Brokers, now more than ever, need a proactive strategy to help employer clients meet a growing demand for enhanced employee benefits.

To do so, brokers must be ready to leverage their resources. An expanded employee benefits voluntary products portfolio, which may include identity theft protection, financial counseling or casualty coverage, among others, will help them meet their clients’ demands and desire to boost...

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April 6, 2018
Privacy is dead

The most remarkable aspect of the revelation Facebook allowed millions of people to unwittingly, and unwillingly, help the Trump victory machine on social media may be that people are actually surprised by it.

The social networking giant knew for two years that a third party had ill-gotten, harvested data associated with more than 50 million U.S. voters—almost all of it without their knowledge or consent.

The story came by way of a ...

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April 5, 2018

You can spot a Nigerian email scam without opening it. You know what you’re doing when it comes to keeping ID thieves from conning you. And if someone tried to get the kind of personal information needed to open credit in your name, well, it just wouldn’t happen.

Except it would.

Credit gets stolen using personal information all the time. In the wake of the Equifax breach it’s happening even more than usual.

The Identity Theft Resource Center tracks data...

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