privacy

Privacy and the Smart Grid

Although much of the focus in the SPARKS project, for which I’m the technical director, has been on cybersecurity’s role in minimizing the risks and costs of power disruption, the project has also been concerned with identifying and mitigating risks to privacy that may be entailed by the deployment of Smart Grid.  One of the…

The P Word, in an Online World

It’s true: the younger generation of 20 somethings over-share. Not just their birthdates and addresses, but also what they listen to, movies they like to watch, people they like, where they hang out, places they go (or are planning to go to), businesses they used that were awesome, and those that “failed” in serving them.…

The Digital Universe and the Smart Grid

Among the materials associated with their just-released report on the Digital Universe, IDC has just posted a new Youtube video of John Gantz and David Reinsel, called “The Digital Universe and the Internet of Things,” discussing the implications of this massive explosion of data. John mentions the Smart Grid as an example of machine-generated information. The…

Keeping Me with Me FINALLY!

One of my recent blogs was called ‘Taking me with me’  where  I talked about the concept of having all my personal information held somewhere securely which I could access and allow others like government bodies, medical professionals, financial institutions etc. to access for ‘one time transactions’ only. The idea was that you are in…

Privacy and Public Spaces

One of the great things about traveling is the interesting folks you meet. That’s true not only in meetings and conferences and such, but also on the plane. I’ve had fascinating conversations many times with the people sitting next to me — sometimes about computer security, as when the director of consulting at Verisign and…

EU Data Directive Privacy by Design and PETs

We are a funny lot in Europe, guarding our privacy and more importantly the privacy of our data is of paramount importance.   The protection and privacy of personal data is a fundamental right within the EU. According to the Digital Agenda for Europe, concerns about privacy are among the most frequent reasons for people not…