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Articles by

Andy Green

Personally Identifiable Information Hides in Dark Data

To my mind, HIPAA has the most sophisticated view of PII of all the US laws on the books. Their working definition encompasses vanilla identifiers: social security and credit card...

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EU to Google: We Really Mean it About Data Retention Limits

“Are these data and privacy protection regulations serious or are they just for show?”  I’ve been hearing that question lately from the tech reporters and journalists who’ve been contacting me....

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Revealed: Secret PIIs in your Unstructured Data!

Personally identifiable information or PII is pretty intuitive. If you know someone’s phone, social security, or credit card number, you have a direct link to their identity. Hackers use these...

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Is DNA Really Personally Identifiable Information (PII)? No. Maybe? Yes!

Biometric data is at the limits of what current personal data privacy laws consider worthy of protection. This type of identifier covers fingerprints, voiceprints, and facial images. While the risk...

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From the HIPAA Case Files: Jail Time, Fines, and Access Rights

While I was conducting some research on compliance laws for a customer, I found myself reviewing the penalties written into the 1996 Health Information Portability and Accountability Act, otherwise known...

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The New Privacy Environment: European Union Leads the Way on Personal Data Protection

We all understand the risks in accidentally revealing a social security number. But are there other pieces of less identifying or even anonymous information that taken together act like a...

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