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From “Can You Hear Me Now?” to #KimsDataStash

Thirteen years ago is when the Verizon Wireless Test Man first entered our living rooms. For the next eight years, we saw and heard him everywhere. And guess what? You can still hear him now, right? “Good!”Verizon Wireless nailed it with this Test...

Posted February 4, 2015    

Let’s Get Our Facts Straight About Big Data Privacy

 Which of the following statements would you say are true about (big) data privacy?“I’ve got nothing to hide.”Privacy policies apply to data, not users.A single privacy policy will suffice for all your data.Anonymized data keeps my personal...

Posted January 28, 2015    

My 7 Big Data Favorites of 2014

To put a nice bow on this year’s big data discussion, I’d like to share some of my favorite content from 2014 from around the web. It wasn't easy, but I narrowed the list down to 7 items, including articles, a comic book, a white paper, an...

Posted December 24, 2014    

Big Data and the Internet of Things: Two Sides of the Same Coin?

Let’s kick this post off with a quick quiz. Read each statement below and determine if it’s referring to big data or the Internet of Things: Every minute, we send 204 million emails, generate 1.8 million Facebook likes, send 278 thousand tweets...

Posted December 11, 2014    

Are You Sweeping Big Data Privacy Under the Carpet? 5 Things to Do Instead

Admit it: When you read or hear about big data privacy, you’re ready to move onto the next topic or swipe to the next screen. Or sweep it under the carpet. You know the discussion is important, but let’s be honest: it’s not exciting, it’s sometimes...

Posted November 14, 2014    

Are You Kidding Me, Facebook? Oh, You Got It Right

In my last post, Where Do You Draw the Line Between Relevancy and Privacy, I talked about some of the plusses and minuses of behavioral online advertising as it pertains to personal (big data) privacy. Finding the balance between honoring people’s...

Posted November 7, 2014    

Where Do You Draw the Line Between Relevancy and Privacy?

We have a love/hate relationship with ads. Whether they’re on television, in our favorite publications, or online, we love them if they’re relevant and interesting, or get annoyed when they get in the way of [insert whatever we’re doing]. I have to...

Posted October 30, 2014    

Whose Story Are You Telling?

Sometimes a life lesson smacks you right upside the head—and if you’re anything like me, it may take a day, a month, or even a year or ten before you “get it.” Fortunately, this particular life lesson hit home quickly, and has quietly reminded me of...

Posted October 8, 2014    

A Cautionary Tale: Are You Clicking Your Privacy (or the Privacy of Others) Away?

The big data privacy discussion is subtle, complex and complicated – and we each have a role to play. What’s yours going to be?It was 9:53 AM. Sarah was racing against the clock: she wanted to finish a long overdue email to a Canadian colleague...

Posted October 1, 2014    

Big Data Privacy Is About You, Me, Them, and Us

Today, we live in an always-on digital world. We work online. We socialize online. We shop online. We bank online. We support causes online. Not to mention, we drive on toll roads with our EZPasses, go to Disney World with our MagicBands, and check...

Posted September 24, 2014    

Connecting the Data Dots Keeps These Companies Alive

What do the following companies have in common: Google, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Orbitz, Airbnb, Angie’s List, Match.com, OpenTable, and Uber?Here’s what I came up with:Presence. They’re all online; they have no brick-&-mortar presence. If...

Posted August 27, 2014    

We’re Traveling at the Speed of Cool to Creepy

Who would you give your personal information to: your state’s new toll road system, an amusement park, neither, or both?At a Forrester event earlier this year, Melissa Parrish, a Forrester VP and research director, told the story about how her...

Posted August 22, 2014