Author Archives: Timothy Keller

Friday Fun – Be an Evil Data Dealer

Both informative and fun – play Data Dealer!  Use you your budget to amass a portfolio of personal information.  Earn money by selling that information. Next week we’ll be serious again.  In the meantime, Big Data and the Law suggests … Continue reading

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What is Our Personal Information Worth? Apparently not Very Much.

A March 2012 article in The Atlantic says our personal information is worth between $.01 and $1200.  According to the article, the difference is attributable to respective values of: 1.         The purchase price of our information as part of a … Continue reading

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Carl Icahn Proves It – The SEC Got Social Media Disclosures Wrong

Carl Icahn’s partnership, Icahn Enterprises L.P. Carl Icahn, owns a big stake in Apple.  On Tuesday Apple stock went up more than 4%.  What’s the connection?  During the trading day Mr. Icahn Tweeted this: Apple CEO Tim Cook apparently discussed … Continue reading

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The Federal Trade Commission Needs to Focus on Its Mission

Last we discussed serious questions about the FTC’s jurisdiction over data security matters.  Friday I stumbled upon this on the Federal Trade Commission website.   In case you don’t feel like jumping out to their website, here’s the introductory portion: Saving … Continue reading

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Will Wyndham Hotels Put Us on the Road to Rational Data Security Regulation?

I hope so. Here are the facts we need for this discussion: 1.         The Federal Trade Commission charged four different Wyndham corporations (which we’ll just call them all Wyndham here) with deceptive acts and practices, as well as unfair acts … Continue reading

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Big Data and the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is about wirelessly gathering information from such things.  A definition from an article in InfoWorld: It its heart, IoT is a wide-ranging ecosystem of everyday physical objects connected to the Internet, capable of identifying themselves and … Continue reading

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The Road to Hell is paved with Good Intentions – California is at It Again

Once again California has taken a leadership role in addressing privacy issues by making things worse. One of the top problems we have with fixing privacy law in the world is the compulsion of states, nations and super-national groups to … Continue reading

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The Draft NTIA Mobile App Code of Conduct – Pretty Close to Useless

After more than a year of “stakeholder” discussions, the National Telecommunications and Information Agency released a final draft Short Form Notice Code of Conduct to Promote Transparency in Mobile App Practices. Let’s talk about what’s wrong with it. We have … Continue reading

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Discovered Personal Information Will be a Big Problem for Big Data

Just in case you didn’t read about the study done by Cambridge University with Facebook data, let me summarize the story.  Cambridge University looked at data from 58,466 Facebook members in the U.S.  Specifically, they looked at Likes and demographic profiles.  … Continue reading

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Data Is Not Everything – There Is Not an Objective Metric for Everything

  My apologies for not posting anything last week.  I was at a conference. Much of the conference was about how in-house counsel measures the performance of outside counsel. The mantra of the day: If you can’t measure it you … Continue reading

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