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Cyber Attacks – More than 30% of the top websites are at risk

By James Chiodo, Certified Information Privacy Professional CIPP/US

Menlo Security published a report in March 2015 that reveals vulnerabilities in over one-third of the top 1 million websites. Why are these sites at risk? What types of sites are the most dangerous? What can you do to protect yourself and your business? The results of this study will surprise you. The Results of […]

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How to Link Your Privacy Policy to Your Mobile App

By James Chiodo, Certified Information Privacy Professional CIPP/US

As new privacy laws are passed, they have been followed by an increase in enforcement actions and fines by the Federal Trade Commission and the state of California against mobile app developers because of privacy violations. The problem is many of the mobile apps gather information about the user that is not disclosed in the […]

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Website Audit Checklist

By James Chiodo, Certified Information Privacy Professional CIPP/US

Auditing your website or blog is one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself from business and legal problems. Websites are unique pieces of property in the business world. Unlike the situation that exists in brick-and-mortar environments, website owners typically do not own significant sections of their online properties. Many sites […]

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Free Website Compliance and Business Guides

By James Chiodo, Certified Information Privacy Professional CIPP/US

The free compliance guides listed on this page cover online legal requirements for website owners and offline regulations for traditional business owners.   Advertising Practices for Small Business Owners Background Checks – What Employers Need to Know Big Print, Little Print – How to Disclose the Details CAN-SPAM ACT Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule – […]

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Are You Violating Google’s Terms of Service?

By James Chiodo, Certified Information Privacy Professional CIPP/US

By now, you are somewhat aware that you are required to have a privacy policy with the correct disclosures posted on your website to comply with the laws. Besides federal and state legal requirements for a privacy policy, Google also requires you to provide specific disclosures and information in your privacy policy when using their services. What […]

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Privacy Policy Requirements – 10-Point Checklist

By James Chiodo, Certified Information Privacy Professional CIPP/US

Is Your Privacy Policy Really Protecting You?  Here is a checklist to find out if your privacy policy is compliant with the law and actually protecting you: Does your privacy policy….. 1. Disclose what type of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) you collect from customers, what you do with it, and who you share it with? […]

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Mobile Privacy Enforcement to Start

By James Chiodo, Certified Information Privacy Professional CIPP/US

The Digital Advertising Alliance will start enforcement of its Mobile Guidance as of September, 1, 2015. The DAA Mobile Guidance will be enforced by the Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB) and the Direct-Marketing Association (DMA), the same two independent entities that have oversight of the DAA Principles on browsers. The Mobile Guidance is not […]

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Upholding Your Privacy Policy

By James Chiodo, Certified Information Privacy Professional CIPP/US

When a Merger Occurs, Remember the Privacy of Existing Customers When it comes to what information a brand collects and what they do with that consumer’s information, every business is different. That is why privacy policies exist. Consumers need to be informed of how their data is being collected, stored, and used by a company […]

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Online Video Marketing – 6 Videos You Should Include

By James Chiodo, Certified Information Privacy Professional CIPP/US

Long gone are the days when we were all stuck with painfully slow dial-up Internet connections and the Web was largely text-orientated. Sitting at third place in the list of the world’s most visited websites, YouTube is also the second-largest search engine with around one-billion unique visitors every month. It shouldn’t come as any surprise […]

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This Privacy Policy Provision Could Bankrupt You

By James Chiodo, Certified Information Privacy Professional CIPP/US

With the entire buzz about laws requiring you to have a privacy policy for your website or blog, what many online operators fail to understand is that a poorly drafted privacy policy could be far more costly than a privacy policy that is not compliant with the new laws. For most people, there is a […]

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