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Cisco Reports Privacy and Security Concerns Increase in Today’s Remote World

cisco reports privacy and security concerns increase in today’s remote world

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SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ —
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Two new global surveys highlight the challenges and opportunities of the accelerated transition to a cloud-first, remote world that demands us to be secure, connected and productive from anywhere.
IT teams were not fully prepared for the sudden transition to remote work. Secure access and endpoint security continue to be a top challenge in enabling hybrid work environments going forward.
Consumers and workers voice skepticism around the privacy protections in remote work technologies and the trustworthiness of companies to protect their data as their healthcare, education, work, and social lives move further online.

Cisco published two new global research studies that reveal an increase in consumer concern about data sharing during the pandemic and the security challenges organizations face supporting employees and customers in our remote-first world. The reports also highlight opportunities to become more resilient by committing to security that enables access to data and applications from anywhere, on any device. Investing in both security and privacy will prepare organizations and consumers for the “new normal” that is here to stay.
Earlier this year, businesses across the globe transitioned to a remote work environment almost overnight at an unprecedented scale and …

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Consulting firm Protiviti launches ‘privacy as a service’ offering

consulting firm protiviti launches ‘privacy as a service’ offering

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Protiviti, a Menlo, CA-based global consulting firm, has launched Protivity PraaS – a managed service privacy offering that helps companies assess their privacy needs, implement compliance programs, and respond to regulatory changes.
As consumer data has proliferated through the rise of digitalization, e-commerce, and social media, governments have begun addressing the issue with enhanced data privacy laws such as the EU’s GDPR and California’s CCPA.
At the same time, the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the digitalization journey – pushing forward remote work, telehealth, and virtual learning programs that require a heightened focus on data privacy and security.
Addressing a firm’s data privacy challenges and initiatives requires digital talent that is either difficult to source, or too costly to obtain for smaller and mid-sized companies – especially in this economy. As such, organizations might opt for an outsourced, privacy-as-a-service (PraaS) offering.

Protiviti, the consulting arm of staffing giant Robert Half, has launched its own Praas offering in this favorable climate.
“Companies, especially small and mid-sized organizations, are struggling to find the right talent to achieve and maintain compliance,” said Terry Jost, a Protiviti managing director and leader of the firm’s managed security services. “Protiviti PraaS service was born out of client …

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Web Privacy Protection Gains a New Advocate: PubWise Taking Clients Beyond GDPR Compliance

web privacy protection gains a new advocate: pubwise taking clients beyond gdpr compliance

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TipRanksOppenheimer: These 2 Stocks Could Double, If Not MoreIt’s the final countdown. With the U.S. Presidential election only two weeks away, election year stress is making the rounds on Wall Street, but one pro argues that regardless of the outcome, opportunity could emerge.Oppenheimer’s Chief Investment Strategist John Stoltzfus notes that in the last leg of the race to the White House, “the markets appear to be signaling that no matter how loud the rhetoric gets from either side and no matter which side wins, investment opportunity in some form is likely to prevail over risk beyond inauguration day in January 2021.” He added, “In our experience opportunity often arises from uncertainty while a perception of ‘certainty’ often breeds complacency.”As for Q3 earnings season, it’s already surprising to the upside. Although it’s still too early to tell how the season will play out, Stoltzfus says “so far so good.” Data from the past weekend shows 84% of companies that already reported have beat earnings expectations and 82% have exceeded revenue expectations for the quarter. Taking Stoltzfus’ outlook into consideration, Oppenheimer’s analysts are pounding the table on two under-the-radar stocks, noting that each could double or more in …

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Profanity Filter Censors the Word ‘Bone’ at Paleontology Conference

profanity filter censors the word ‘bone’ at paleontology conference

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“Most funny to us was the censorship of ‘bone,’ which, after all, are the main thing we work with.”

Per the recent usual, the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology conference was held online this year. The 80th annual gathering of fossil and bone enthusiasts used a virtual platform, provided by Convey Services, that came with a pre-packaged naughty-word-filter. While the filter was surely good-intentioned, it had unintended consequences.


My wife is presenting to a conference tomorrow. She’s had to submit a Q&A in advance of her talk, and the conference are using a software to censor swear words.One of the words it is censoring is ‘bone.’It’s a palaeontology conference.
— Ben Rathe (@benrathe) October 12, 2020

Thomas R. Holtz Jr., a Tyrannosaurus rex expert at the University of Maryland, typed out “Hell Creek Formation” to answer a colleague’s question. Holtz’s message appeared in the chat, but read instead as “**** Creek Formation.”

Holtz and others came together on Twitter to suss out all the banned words they could find. There were the usual suspects—your four-letter obscenities—but there were tons of words that paleontologists use all the time that have an …

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DDW designers join Dezeen for live discussion about privacy and the value of data

ddw designers join dezeen for live discussion about privacy and the value of data

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The value of personal data in today’s society is the subject of this Dezeen x Dutch Design Week 2020 talk, featuring designers Julia Janssen, Isaac Monté and Lei Nelissen. Tune in from 3:00pm UK time.The Dutch Design Week (DDW) creatives will be joined by Vincent van Herk of the Dutch Design Foundation, who curated the DDW sub-theme “Privacy in the Age of New Intimacy” and will give an overview of the theme.Dezeen editor Tom Ravenscroft will moderate the talk.The Aeon app gathers traces of information that people have left onlineThe talks’ focus will be on how people’s data has become an increasingly valuable commodity in today’s world and how our privacy can be guarded.The designers taking part in the discussion have all created works that touch on different aspects of privacy, data and information. Designer Julia JanssenJanssen’s project “Why I like green” explores how Facebook’s algorithm has decided that she is interested in sportswear and technology, prefectures of Japan, the American Mathematical Society, and the colour green.As a result, she is creating a game that looks at how true the algorithm’s conclusions are. An online profile “doesn’t merely describe your interest, preferences, conditions, obligations, desires, and …

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iOS 14: How to Use the Privacy Report Feature in Safari

ios 14: how to use the privacy report feature in safari

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New Photos Offer Better Look at iPhone 12 Color OptionsAs we wait for the iPhone 12 review embargo to lift later today, more pictures are circulating of the devices in real-world lighting conditions, providing a better look at the different colors available. Leaker DuanRui has shared images on Twitter of the iPhone 12 in white, black, blue, green, and (PRODUCT)RED. The black and white colors are similar to the iPhone 11 colors, but the other…

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Liberals pledge to strengthen privacy laws, improve data access

liberals pledge to strengthen privacy laws, improve data access

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The B.C. Liberal Party says it will work with the province’s information and privacy commissioner to strengthen laws and continue a review of those laws halted by the election call.Commissioner Michael McEvoy has made multiple recommendations to improve B.C.’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) and the Personal Information Protection Act. These recommendations include having mandated breach reporting and the ability to levy fines.

In September, McEvoy said Victoria’s use of time extensions for information access requests is undermining FIPPA. 

In August, the B.C. Freedom of Information and Privacy Association and BC Civil Liberties Association said B.C.’s privacy laws are out of date, out of step with international legislation and in need of reform.

And in June, McEvoy said the provincial government needs to do more to disclose operational information to the public.

And in February, Britain’s information commissioner and former B.C. commissioner Elizabeth Denham added her voice to those of Canadian privacy commissioners in calling for modernization of Canada’s laws to bring them into the 21st century.

The NDP and Green Party did not respond to multiple requests for information.

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Meet your (Chinese) Facebook censors

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China is one of the most censorious societies on earth. So what better place for ­Facebook to recruit social-media censors?
There are at least half a dozen “Chinese nationals who are working on censorship,” a former Facebook insider told me last week. “So at some point, they [Facebook bosses] thought, ‘Hey, we’re going to get them H-1B visas so they can do this work.’ ”
The insider shared an internal directory of the team that does much of this work. It’s called Hate-Speech Engineering (George Orwell, call your office), and most of its members are based at Facebook’s offices in Seattle. Many have Ph.D.s, and their work is extremely complex, involving machine learning — teaching “computers how to learn and act without being explicitly programmed,” as the techy Web site DeepAI.org puts it.
When it comes to censorship on social media, that means “teaching” the Facebook code so certain content ends up at the top of your newsfeed, a feat that earns the firm’s software wizards discretionary bonuses, per the ex-insider. It also means making sure other content “shows up dead-last.”
Like, say, a New York Post report on the Biden dynasty’s dealings …

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Andrew McCarthy: Twitter censorship of NY Post Hunter Biden story proves it suppresses news harmful to Dems

andrew mccarthy: twitter censorship of ny post hunter biden story proves it suppresses news harmful to dems

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The much-misunderstood Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act is in the spotlight again. Twitter and, to a lesser extent, Facebook, suppressed reporting that Joe Biden abetted his son Hunter’s cashing in on the then-vice president’s political influence. Since there are plenty of alternatives to these social media platforms, their actions merely drew more attention to the story while calling into question their qualification for Section 230 immunity from lawsuits.The Biden news was broken by the New York Post, the nation’s fourth-largest daily by circulation, whose Twitter account (with 1.8 million followers) remains suspended as of this writing — irrationally so, given that the social media site is no longer blocking other users from sharing links to the reports that prompted the Post’s account to be locked. Twitter also locked the account of Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary, as well as that of the Trump reelection campaign.DOCUMENTS SHOW ALLEGED HUNTER BIDEN SIGNATURE, FBI CONTACTS WITH COMPUTER REPAIR STORE OWNERTwitter’s bogus rationale for the suspensions was the claim that the Biden information had been “hacked” from a laptop computer that appears to have belonged to Hunter. In fact, there is no evidence that the emails, photographs, …

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‘The grief is immeasurable’: Robert Redford mourns son James, requests privacy

‘the grief is immeasurable’: robert redford mourns son james, requests privacy

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The documentary filmmaker, environmentalist and health advocate had suffered from liver disease for more than 30 years, the Associated Press reported. Diagnosed in childhood with primary sclerosing cholangitis, a rare autoimmune disease, he had received two liver transplants in 1993, according to People.

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