November 1, 2005

Privacy Academy

Last week’s Privacy Academy event in Las Vegas was an opportunity for me to meet an amazing range of privacy professionals, including:

Kevin Mitnick, hacker extraordinaire, who described how he not only convinced a Motorola employee to give him some secret code, but taught her over the phone how to zip it into a single file in order to ftp it to his site!

Ann Cavoukian, Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, who told a startling tale of patient records swirling around downtown Toronto, mistakenly dumped by a recycling company to recreate the 9/11 chaos of Lower Manhattan for a movie shoot.

Kim Cameron, Architect of Identity for Microsoft, who talked about how they are working on a cooperative effort to solve the patchwork of identity work-arounds that we all deal with online.

It was also an opportunity for me to pull together our findings on spyware, phishing, and consumer attitudes in a new way, which you can read here.