Director of Consulting / Licensed Attorney

Big Data

De-identification Standards to Protect Personal Information

Individuals value their privacy. In contrast, businesses value the ability to leverage personal information to deliver quality products and services to meet the needs of their clients. The legal standards that regulate the protection of personal information help bridge the gap between these two opposing interests. This article addresses when to apply de-identification, the legal…

Avoiding the Ethical Perils and Pitfalls of Big Data

Rapid advancements in technology and globalization have led to an unprecedented rise in data collection. While this information provides a unique insight into global human behavior, it can also promote unethical business practices that violate international privacy standards. As we enter into a new era of data analytics, in-house counsel must strike an important balance…

Biometric Authentication and Considerations for the Information Professional

MasterCard recently announced that it is going live with biometric payment authentication in certain European markets with a worldwide launch expected in 2017. In brief summary, mobile payments are authenticated through either facial or fingerprint biometric recognition, which is delivered through a corresponding app. The use of biometric data is increasing as people are introduced…

Managing Legacy Data through the Migration Process

Data management in the modern era faces complications from numerous facets, including controlling volume and securing information from breach. Perhaps less discussed publicly, but a problem faced by every company, is the challenge of migrating data from legacy systems. Systems commonly become obsolete as they are retired by the provider, new technology and features pique…

Preventing Headlines with Information Governance

The use of social media sites by elected officials have recently come under heavy scrutiny as one official in Pima County, Supervisor Ally Miller, allegedly deleted comments from her “official” social media Facebook page, while other public offices banned accounts from commenting. These actions were fully preventable with sound information governance practices. Here are three…

Understanding the Risk and Costs of Unmitigated Data

*As first published in Information Management magazine The advent of technology forever changed the management of information. Formerly tracked by files and boxes, with the move to digital, size is now referenced in bytes. This transition is not a mere change in vernacular, but rather represents a growth once unimaginable in a brick-and-mortar setting. In…