Tag: "data"

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What countries supply critical raw materials? – Producers and Importers to the EU

What countries supply critical raw materials? – Producers and Importers to the EU

The European Critical Raw Materials review Source: europa.eu Author: European Commission – MEMO/14/377   26/05/2014 Raw materials are fundamental to Europe’s economy, and they are essential for maintaining and improving our quality of life. Recent years have seen a rapid growth in the number of materials used across products. Securing reliable and undistorted access of […]

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US Consumer Purchasing – First Quarter 2014

US Consumer Purchasing – First Quarter 2014

Consumer Spending in U.S. Unexpectedly Declines Source: Bloomberg Author: Shobhana Chandra American shoppers dialed it back in April after spending at the fastest pace in almost five years. Household purchases unexpectedly fell 0.1 percent, the first decrease in a year, after a 1 percent gain the prior month that was the strongest since August 2009, […]

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Privacy Rights – EU vs. US perspectives on

Privacy Rights – EU vs. US perspectives on

Google Ruling: Freedom of Speech vs. the Right to Be Forgotten Source: WSJ Tech Author: Lisa Fleisher An EU court ruling on Tuesday saying that Google must scrub search results because of personal-privacy concerns might perplex Americans, and yet seem perfectly logical to Europeans. In the U.S., schoolchildren are taught that free speech is an inalienable right […]

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What is an LPR? Privacy and license plate Cameras.

What is an LPR? Privacy and license plate Cameras.

Are license plate readers protecting the public or prying? As evidence goes, no one doubts it was crucial 10 days ago in helping nab Kansas City’s alleged “highway shooter.” Illinois license plate G86-5203. From late March to mid-April, the terrorizing shooter set drivers’ nerves on edge. Twelve cars hit, their metal bodies pierced or windows […]

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How much Data the Internet Generates Per Minute

How much Data the Internet Generates Per Minute

Internet Users Send 204 Million Emails Per Minute A lot can happen in 60 seconds. A decent typist can write approximately 80 words, the Wright brothers can make their historical first flight five times and YouTube users upload 72 hours of footage. While social media can create the sense that the Internet is a small […]

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Health Care Costs – Impacts of Medicare Billing Transparency

Health Care Costs – Impacts of Medicare Billing Transparency

What Big Data Can’t Tell Us About Health Care Jean Malouin, a family doctor in Michigan, woke up one morning earlier this month to an e-mail from a Washington Post reporter, who informed her that a vast release of Medicare payment data from 2012 had identified her as the highest female biller in the country, […]

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Offshoring of jobs to Philippines – projections to 2016

There are Jobs in the Philippines

Industry Research : 372,000 BPO Jobs Seen by 2016 Business process outsourcing (BPO) firms are expected to create over 120,000 jobs annually in the next three years, addressing the problem of unemployment in the country, a lawmaker yesterday said. “Based on sectoral projections, we are confident that BPO firms will be able to add an […]

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Administrative Simplification text of HITECH

Administrative Simplification text of HITECH

42 U.S. Code Part C – Administrative Simplification For purposes of this part: (1) Code set The term “code set” means any set of codes used for encoding data elements, such as tables of terms, medical concepts, medical diagnostic codes, or medical procedure codes. (2) Health care clearinghouse The term “health care clearinghouse” means a […]

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2013 Privacy and Transparency Report - Electronic Frontier Foundation

2013 Privacy and Transparency Report – Electronic Frontier Foundation

Graphic: Which Internet Biggies Are Even Slightly Concerned About Your Privacy? When it comes to online privacy, many consumers assume that their service provider, or the websites they are browsing, have the users’ best interest in mind and that these companies won’t simply hand over your information to authorities. These people are mistaken, as are those […]

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Risks and Threats to Patient Information / EMR

Risks and Threats to Patient Information / EMR

Criminal Attacks on Healthcare Organizations Increase 100 Percent As millions of new patients enter the U.S. healthcare system under the Affordable Care Act, patient records have become a smorgasbord for criminals. The Fourth Annual Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy and Data Security by Ponemon Institute, sponsored by ID Experts®, reveals new security and privacy threats […]

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Social Network Usage and Gender Statistics

Social Network Usage and Gender Statistics

Women Dominate Every Social Media Network — Except One (Infographic) A greater percentage of adult U.S. women use Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter than their male counterparts. The one social network that boasts more men is the professional-networking site LinkedIn. That’s according to data compiled in the infographic below by Alex Hillsberg at the […]

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Money is not the currency of the Internet, it’s Data

Money is not the currency of the Internet, it’s Data

Apps a gold mine for data thieves Whatsapp and Facebook may be the most popular smartphone apps out there, but they also draw heavily on data collected from their users. Social media experts say phone owners should do more to protect themselves. Facebook and Whatsapp are among the most popular smartphone apps out there. These […]

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Telemedicine – Patient video conferences and HIPAA

Telemedicine – Patient video conferences and HIPAA

Skype With Patients? HIPAA Says “No Go” Oklahoma Medical Board Says No to Skype With Patients, Yes to Telemedicine; Here’s What You Need to Know The recent Oklahoma medical board sanction against Thomas Trow, MD, sparked concern over the practices of telemedicine and telepsychiatry. Using Skype, Trow conducted online video appointments and prescribed controlled substances […]

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CFPB bank mortgage reporting to Increase – impact on Small Business under review

CFPB bank mortgage reporting to Increase – impact on Small Business under review

CFPB bank mortgage reporting to Increase – impact on Small Business under review The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced today it wants to expand the information it collects about mortgages to make it easier for the agency – and the public – to spot discrimination, risky loans and other problems. After the nation was caught […]

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Look at the Do-Not-Track language in your Privacy Policies.

Look at the Do-Not-Track language in your Privacy Policies.

How Should I Respond to California’s Do-Not-Track Requirements? The current privacy regulatory environment can be characterized as a “perfect storm” of more data, more regulation and more enforcement. A microcosm of the confluence of these trends is illustrated in the recent Do-Not-Track amendments to the California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA). The law requires the operator […]

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How Korean business people behave when customers data is breached.

How Korean business people behave when customers data is breached.

(6th LD) Bank officials quit en masse over massive data leak Top executives at a bank and credit card firms tendered their resignations on Monday as the finance industry tried to rein in havoc from the latest massive leak of client data that regulators say may have affected roughly half of the country’s 50 million […]

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U.S. Lodging Demand and Hotel Profitability Trending Up

U.S. Lodging Demand and Hotel Profitability Trending Up

US Lodging Sector Recovery Continues Cautiously, Says PwC US Reflecting strong performance during the first quarter and positive momentum in travel activity, offset by impacts from near-term fiscal challenges, an updated lodging forecast released today by PwC USanticipates revenue per available room (“RevPAR”) recovery in 2013 to stay on course, consistent with PwC’s expectations at […]

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The 4th Amendment is about Controlling Authority

The 4th Amendment is about Controlling Authority

The primary NSA issue isn’t privacy, it’s authority I celebrate Judge Richard J Leon’s opinion that the government’s mass collection of communications metadata is “almost Orwellian”, and I decry Judge William H Pauley III’s decision that the NSA’s collection is both effective and legally perfectly peachy. But I worry that the judges, as well as […]

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Target breach – Can the FTC fine businesses for failing to protect consumer’s information?

Target breach – Can the FTC fine businesses for failing to protect consumer’s information?

Senator calls for accountability in Target breach Sen. Robert Menendez wants the federal government to hold companies accountable when their customers’ financial information is stolen. The New Jersey Democrat is taking on the topic after last week’s revelation that information about 40 million Target customer accounts had been stolen. At a news conference Thursday outside […]

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How to Avoid TCPA liability

How to Avoid TCPA liability

Five Ways to Avoid a Lawsuit in Wake of Latest Telemarketing Rules Do you know what type of phone numbers are on your outbound marketing call lists? Chances are your telemarketing calls, prerecorded or live, are being made to consumer phone numbers provided by third-party sources. And, if you’ve been paying attention, landlines are a […]

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Google collides with multiple European privacy laws about prior consent, privacy policies, hearings and data protection law fines.

Google collides with multiple European privacy laws about prior consent, privacy policies, hearings and data protection law fines.

Dutch regulator: ‘Google spins an invisible web of our personal data’ A Dutch regulator on Thursday said that Google’s privacy policy update in March 2012 that covers all the online services offered by the search giant is in breach of local laws. “Google spins an invisible web of our personal data, without our consent,” Jacob […]

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Shiny new apps need to be aggressively vetted before users can trust them!

Shiny new apps need to be aggressively vetted before users can trust them!

Here is the up / down on encryption and privacy service offerings Post Snowden. Techies vs. NSA: Encryption arms race escalates Encrypted email, secure instant messaging and other privacy services are booming in the wake of the National Security Agency’s recently revealed surveillance programs. But the flood of new computer security services is of variable […]

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Companies That Disregard Their Own Privacy Policies

Companies That Disregard Their Own Privacy Policies

Examples of FTC Cases: Companies that Violated Their Own Privacy Policy Here are some examples of cases in which the FTC has taken action against businesses that violated their own privacy policy (in addition to other violations in some instances):News Release: 06/24/2010 – Twitter Settles Charges that it Failed to Protect Consumers’ Personal Information; Company Will […]

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YTD lawsuits - TCPA, FDCPA and FCRA

YTD lawsuits – TCPA, FDCPA and FCRA

TCPA Lawsuits Really Are Growing Compared to FDCPA Claims Lawsuits filed by consumers in U.S district court claiming violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) declined in September on both a monthly and yearly comparison basis. But debt collectors have found themselves increasingly in the crosshairs of suits claiming TCPA violations. According to […]

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What is Algorithmic Regulation?

What is Algorithmic Regulation?

The Real Privacy Problem As Web companies and government agencies analyze ever more information about our lives, it’s tempting to respond by passing new privacy laws or creating mechanisms that pay us for our data. Instead, we need a civic solution, because democracy is at risk. In 1967, The Public Interest, then a leading venue […]

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Free online – You’re the Product, not a Customer

Free online – You’re the Product, not a Customer

Limits for online data collection It has become a maxim in the digital world: If you’re getting something for free online, you’re not the customer — you’re the product. The point is that those providing whatever service you are using probably are collecting marketing information about you that they’re likely selling. It’s a transaction that […]

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Canada Household Income Questioned

Canada Household Income Questioned

Canadian income data ‘is garbage’ without census, experts say Canada’s National Household Survey on incomes produced flawed data with harmful implications for public policy, according to a range of researchers and statistics experts who have sifted through the numbers. Consultants, urban planners and health policy experts say the data quality is worse than they’d expected, […]

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Population “Movers” Maps / Visualizations

Population “Movers” Maps / Visualizations

Detroit Is a Bright Spot on the Map of Urban Outflux Turns out if you want to get a away from people in America, there are still a lot of places to go. This map shows that 60 percent of the land (the area in black) is occupied by only 0.05 percent the population. (Stephen […]

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Anonymous File Sharing

Local Anonymous File Sharing?

Dead Drop Un-cloud your files in cement! ‘Dead Drops’ is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. ‘Dead Drops’ is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. USB flash drives are embedded into walls, buildings and curbs accessible to anybody in public space. Everyone is invited to […]

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Current Drug Resistant Infection Threats

Current Drug Resistant Infection Threats

Threat Report 2013 This report, Antibiotic resistance threats in the United States, 2013 gives a first-ever snapshot of the burden and threats posed by the antibiotic-resistant germs having the most impact on human health. Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and […]

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Who's Best Interest Should Be The Focus When Your Picking Your New Insurance Plan

Who’s Best Interest Should Be The Focus When Your Picking Your New Insurance Plan

Insurance counselors not allowed in health departments Counselors trained to help sign people up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act won’t be allowed to conduct outreach at county health departments across the state, according to a recent directive from the Florida Department of Health. Local health departments can accept brochures and other outreach material […]

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Politicians Share Our Privacy Woes

Politicians Share Our Privacy Woes

Employees improperly used driver’s license database, according to suit set to be filed today Eighteen people plan to file a lawsuit in Minneapolis federal court this morning, claiming that government employees in Winona and more than 50 other Minnesota counties and cities violated their privacy by inappropriately using the state’s driver’s license database. The complaint […]

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Top Companies in Big Data

Top Companies in Big Data

Visualizing The Big Data Industrial Complex [Infographic] Behold the ever expanding rings of big data, tech’s most overhyped sector. I say overhyped, yet demand is fierce for software, hardware and consulting services that help companies process and store giant streams of varied and frequently changing information. According to research collective Wikibon, big data is an […]

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Marketing To The United States Requires 50 Different Strategies

Marketing To The United States Requires 50 Different Strategies

European businesses forget that the United States is not united at all New York is not really in America. It is actually somewhere mid-Atlantic, slightly closer to Europe than to the country whose star-spangled flag is hung above the doorways of its soaring steel high-rises. One of the reasons that so many British companies struggle […]

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Bring Your Own Device Can Cost More Then It Saves

Bring Your Own Device To Work Can Cost More Then It Saves

A beginner’s guide to BYOD: Real solutions for the real-life issues facing enterprises Workers have been demanding to use their own laptops, tablets and smartphones for work and many companies are now letting them do just that. But what are the pitfalls and where are the solutions? According to industry analyst, TechMarketView, the “bring your […]

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CFPB Oversight & Transparency Concerns

CFPB Oversight & Transparency Concerns

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), week in review: June 17 – June 21, 2013 Partnership between CFPB and City of Boston Allows Residents Easier Access to Bureau On June 18th, the CFPB and City of Boston unveiled a partnership aimed at providing residents instant access to the CFPB by dialing the Mayor’s 24 hour […]

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What Does your TV know?

What Does your TV know?

Your TV Is Spying on You (And Why the Future of Political Advertising Depends on It) Political messaging is moving back to the living room. After an election in which Internet tactics seemed to captivate the public, political strategists are turning—or perhaps more accurately, returning—their attention to television advertising. TV isn’t sexy. Or at least, […]

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CFPB Continues Data Gathering

CFPB Continues Data Gathering

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: NSA of the Financial World While the National Security Agency’s (NSA) unconstitutional spying on Americans’ communications has been getting most of the press lately, another federal agency has been quietly — and illegally — vacuuming up Americans’ financial data: the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Created by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, […]

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IRS causes HIPAA breach?

IRS causes HIPAA breach?

House demands explanation of IRS HIPAA policies after raid The IRS is being audited, in a sense, by a Congressional subcommittee. A House committee has called for an investigation of the Internal Revenue Service’s policies, procedures and accountabilities under HIPAA in response to an allegation that the agency unlawfully seized more than 60 million personal […]

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Internet Algorithms May Affect Your Entire Life

Internet Algorithms May Affect Your Entire Life

What are you doing with my data? Do you post to social media sites, upload digital pictures and videos, use credit cards or have a cell phone equipped with GPS? All of the devices we use each day are contributing to what’s known as ‘big data’ or repositories containing your digital profile. No big deal? […]

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Falsifying Results Of Medications

Falsifying Results Of Medications

Dirty medicine 1. The assignment FORTUNE — On the morning of Aug. 18, 2004, Dinesh Thakur hurried to a hastily arranged meeting with his boss at the gleaming offices of Ranbaxy Laboratories in Gurgaon, India, 20 miles south of New Delhi. It was so early that he passed gardeners watering impeccable shrubs and cleaners still […]

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Smart Phones Fatal Security Flaws

Smart Phones Fatal Security Flaws

Smartphones another avenue for hackers Smartphones are increasingly popular not only with consumers, but also with thieves who see the devices as another way to tap into bank accounts and other sensitive information, experts say. Many consumers simply don’t realize how vulnerable their Androids, iPhones and other devices can be. An April study by the […]

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Brands look at Agencies use of Client Data

Brands look at Agencies use of Client Data

Brands Get Nervous About Data Ownership Data is the issue du jour. CEOs are now frequently asked what their “big data strategies” are, and CMOs are being pressured to turn the volumes of information their companies collect into business insights and cunning marketing strategies. That’s prompting many clients to panic and to question where their […]

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Stats - Education Employees – US

Stats – Education Employees – US

Teacher Salaries: Everything You Wanted To Know The US Census Bureau recently released data and an associated infographic that explores education workers in the US and their salaries. Since there’s always a lot of hubbub about how much teachers make (or don’t make, as the complaint usually goes), this offers some interesting insight into how […]

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CFPB Compiling big data about Consumers

CFPB Compiling big data about Consumers

U.S. Amasses Data on 10 Million Consumers as Banks Object The new U.S. consumer finance watchdog is gearing up to monitor how millions of Americans use credit cards, take out mortgages and overdraw their checking accounts. Their bankers aren’t happy about it. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is demanding records from the banks and is […]

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EU perspective on Justice

EU perspective on Justice’s Impact on Economy – 4/4/13

EU Justice Scoreboard What is the European Semester? The European Commission has set up a yearly cycle of economic policy coordination called the European Semester. Each year the European Commission undertakes a detailed analysis of EU Member States’ programmes of economic and structural reforms and provides them with recommendations for the next 12-18 months. The […]

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Google Car Lawsuit Impacts Google Glasses

Google Car Lawsuit Impacts Google Glasses – 3/14/13

Google Concedes That Drive-By Prying Violated Privacy   Video On This – http://nyti.ms/15N43l2 Google on Tuesday acknowledged to state officials that it had violated people’s privacy during its Street View mapping project when it casually scooped up passwords, e-mail and other personal information from unsuspecting computer users. In agreeing to settle a case brought by […]

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BofA Hacked

BofA Hacked – 3/6/13

BofA Confirms Third-Party Breach. Hacktivists are taking credit for a data breach impacting Bank of America – an incident the hackers claim allowed them to access employee and executive data stored through a third party. “The data was retrieved from an Israeli server in Tel Aviv,” says the hacktivist group Par:AnoIA, part of the Anonymous […]

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Health Care Data Breaches

Health Care Data Breaches – 2/20/13

Will Changes to HIPAA Help Secure Health Data? Last year, large data breaches in hospitals and health organizations led to the release of millions of private records. This is a growing problem, according to two security experts who spoke in an online presentation on Feb. 19. Speakers Mac McMillan, CEO of CynergisTek Inc., and Eran […]

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JD Power and Associates Reports Satisfaction with Wireless Carriers

J.D. Power and Associates Reports: Satisfaction with Wireless Carriers – 2/14/13

J.D. Power and Associates Reports: Satisfaction with Wireless Carriers’ Customer Care Is Higher among Customers with Mobile Shared Plans than among Those with Traditional Individual Service Offerings Verizon Wireless Ranks Highest in Wireless Customer Care Performance among Full-Service Carriers, While MetroPCS Ranks Highest among Non-Contract Carriers Satisfaction with a carrier’s customer care service is higher […]