Will New FTC Privacy Recommendations Challenge E-Commerce?
FTC privacy proposal has been both lauded and criticized, but also triggered talk on the impact on retailers, nonprofits, and online advertisers.
Top 14 Government Social Media Initiatives
(click image for larger view and for slideshow)
While the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) final recommendations on online privacy are now public, discussion about what that will mean for the e-commerce and online advertising communities is far from over.
The FTC report, released Monday, called for organizations to build privacy protections into their offerings by design, simplify privacy choices for consumers, and be more transparent about the collection of data. The commission also recommended Congress consider enacting legislation to enforce that transparency for "information brokers" to ensure consumers have reasonable access to the data companies gather and store about them.
But the report still left some feeling as though the FTC's proposals could create a burden for businesses and restrict online advertising. For instance, it may not always be appropriate for companies to provide consumers access to their data, says Daniel Castro, senior analyst with the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF).
"For example, does every online retailer really need to create an interface to its backend CRM? Does every charity with over 5,000 donors need to provide access to the personally identifiable information it maintains about its supporters?" Castro says. "Organizations should not have to create a system or process so that any individual can inspect what data is stored about them. The costs involved in setting up such a system would be burdensome, unnecessary, and ultimately benefit few at the expense of many."
He says the big challenge of building in privacy "is that privacy is one of many objectives for an organization, and these objectives cannot be legislated no matter how noble the cause."
"As long as we are legislating business processes, why not add in 'security by design,' 'green by design,' 'accessible by design,' 'cost-effective by design,' 'works by design,' and 'good design by design?'"
Privacy by design works best as an approach when it is aligned with the business requirements of a company offering a service to individuals, says Forrester Research analyst Eve Maler.
The effort to achieve and maintain compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley requirements remains one of the primary drivers behind many IT security initiatives. In our Security Via SOX Compliance report, we share 10 best practices to meet SOX security-related requirements and help ensure you'll pass your next compliance audit. (Free registration required.)
Published: 2015-10-15 The Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) subsystem in the Linux kernel through 4.x mishandles requests for Graphics Execution Manager (GEM) objects, which allows context-dependent attackers to cause a denial of service (memory consumption) via an application that processes graphics data, as demonstrated b...
Published: 2015-10-15 Cross-site request forgery (CSRF) vulnerability in eXtplorer before 2.1.8 allows remote attackers to hijack the authentication of arbitrary users for requests that execute PHP code.
Published: 2015-10-15 Directory traversal vulnerability in QNAP QTS before 4.1.4 build 0910 and 4.2.x before 4.2.0 RC2 build 0910, when AFP is enabled, allows remote attackers to read or write to arbitrary files by leveraging access to an OS X (1) user or (2) guest account.
The cybersecurity profession struggles to retain women (figures range from 10 to 20 percent). It's particularly worrisome for an industry with a rapidly growing number of vacant positions.
So why does the shortage of women continue to be worse in security than in other IT sectors? How can men in infosec be better allies for women; and how can women be better allies for one another? What is the industry doing to fix the problem -- what's working, and what isn't?
Is this really a problem at all? Are the low numbers simply an indication that women do not want to be in cybersecurity, and is it possible that more women will never want to be in cybersecurity? How many women would we need to see in the industry to declare success?
Join Dark Reading senior editor Sara Peters and guests Angela Knox of Cloudmark, Barrett Sellers of Arbor Networks, Regina Wallace-Jones of Facebook, Steve Christey Coley of MITRE, and Chris Roosenraad of M3AAWG on Wednesday, July 13 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss all this and more.