New Privacy Blogs Of Interest

Over the past few weeks I've seen the addition of two privacy blogs/bloggers that I wanted to share:

1) Google's blog features contributions from Peter Fleischer, Global Privacy Counsel. He's commented on its new data retention policy as well as its personalized search features. I'm glad to hear that they are taking some more proactive steps to discuss concerns about privacy in a non-patronizing manner. Google has also added a Google security blog, appropriately added just in time for its acquisition of GreenBorder.

2) Microsoft has added a privacy blog entitled The Data Privacy Imperative. I am interested to hear its thoughts moving forward, although I do find it a bit odd that the only two posts other than the inaugural one to date are by Erik Bratt (the Marketing Communications Manager) rather than technical members of the privacy team. 

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The Case For A Privacy Program

Ann Cavoukian, Ontario's privacy commissioner, is speaking to the Canadian Marketing Associates convention this week about privacy. She's an unusual speaker because frequently the relationship between privacy advocates and marketing is strained. Marketing wants more information and to process the information to its best advantage, while privacy and security experts often have to be the ones to squash new information uses.

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Verizon Business Will Acquire Cybertrust

Today, Verizon Business announced that it is to acquire Cybertrust.


I think it is a credibility play for both companies. Verizon Business needed a credible security services story, and Cybertrust needed a credible financial story. Although Verizon Business had managed security offerings and expertise through the acquisition of NetSec (part of the MCI deal), those capabilities and services were primarily focused in the US market. By acquiring Cybertrust, Verizon Business establishes itself as a global security services player. So what does Verizon get from the deal?

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