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Facial Recognition in Retail: “Attention all Shoppers: We Already Know Everything about You”

Posted in Privacy, Retail, Security, Technology

Are you worried that “Alexa” is listening to your conversations? Do you cover your laptop camera with tape and refuse to store your passwords on your devices? Well, it looks like even stepping into the mall may require full-body armor if you wish to keep your basic data truly private. Retailers are increasingly utilizing advanced… Continue Reading

Leveling the Playing Field: Mobile Location Analytics

Posted in Privacy, Retail, Technology

As brick-and-mortar retailers face increasing challenges to compete with their online counterparts, a new tool is helping to level the playing field: mobile location analytics. Traditionally, online retailers have had an advantage over brick-and-mortar stores from the voluminous data that could be gathered while customers perused the retailer’s website. This has allowed online retailers to… Continue Reading

Video Interview: Discussing Mobile Payments and Data Security with LXBN TV

Posted in Banking, Finance, Privacy, Retail, Retail Sales, Technology

Following up on a recent post on mobile payments, I had the opportunity to discuss the growing adoption of Apple Pay, Google Wallet and mobile payments with Colin O’Keefe of LXBN.  In the interview, I explain why the adoption of these technologies may soon explode.  I also talk about why this is a good thing… Continue Reading

The Future of Retail Checkout

Posted in Privacy, Retail

We’ve recently reported on a number of technological innovations which have changed the way consumers shop, including interactive “shoppable windows” which bridge the gap between online shopping and bricks-and-mortar retail, and new shopping technologies which integrate the shopping experience into the consumer’s lifestyle, allowing customers to scan a quick-response code directly from a television screen… Continue Reading

New Laws Prohibit Employers from Requiring Access to Applicants’ Private Information

Posted in Employment, Privacy, Retail

Most job applicants maintain one, if not several, social media accounts. Many employers now routinely review available social media resources when making employment decisions. This trend, together with cautions and advice, is the subject of previous blog entries. Today’s topic is a little different. New Jersey recently became the ninth state to pass a law… Continue Reading

Doing Business with Children: Compliance with the Amended COPPA Rule

Posted in Compliance, Intellectual Property, Privacy, Retail

As of July 1, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission’s regulations implementing the Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act (“COPPA”) were amended to address changes in the way children use and access the Internet, including through mobile devices and social networking. Originally enacted in 1998, COPPA applies to operators of websites and online services, including apps,… Continue Reading