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Privacy and Security Bits and Bytes

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year -- It's time for the annual "top ten" lists. Information Security Resources has posted an article that is eye-opening reading with respect to data breaches in 2009. Ten Most Damaging Data Breaches of 2009

U.S. to Join Fingerprint Sharing -- CBC News - Canada reports that the U.S. will join Canada, Australia and Britain in sharing fingerprints and other data to help authorities discern people's true identities in cracking down on asylum shopping and unlawful immigration.

Another site thinks "Privacy Matters" --
website, IAB Privacy Matters, the IAB describes how marketers collect and use information about users' Web activities. IAB Senior Vice President David Doty said the site describes "in plain English" how online advertising works and includes guidance on how users can adjust their settings to control their information. The site is part of a broader effort among ad industry trade groups to head off potential regulation, the report states.

Facebook Changing -- Again -- Facebook will roll out new privacy controls in the coming weeks, reports it's news. The new options will let users control who sees their posts on a per-post basis. In an open letter to users, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said: "We're adding something that many of you have asked for--the ability to control who sees each individual piece of content you create or upload." The company will also roll out a simplified privacy settings page with a "walk-through" option where users can get recommendations from Facebook. In addition, the company will shutter its regional networks.

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Cynthia J. Larose

Member / Chair, Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice

Cynthia J. Larose is Chair of the firm's Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice, a Certified Information Privacy Professional-US (CIPP-US), and a Certified Information Privacy Professional-Europe (CIPP-E). She works with clients in various industries to develop comprehensive information security programs on the front end, and provides timely counsel when it becomes necessary to respond to a data breach.