Coping articles about how to decipher, navigate and fortify oneself against exposure are always welcome – a sort of 21st century expansion of the identity theft caveats that were legion in the last decade or so of the 20th century. But I don’t recall seeing too many takes on the professionals and firms that actually make money from designing, implementing, monitoring, communicating and othewise seeing to the privacy policies at millions of business entities.
Check out this Feb. 29 press release from the Cybersecurity Credentials Collaborative (C3) which just formed itself at an industry conference. Who knew there were trade groups like the International Association of Privacy Professionals - which is holding a Global Privacy Summit next week in Washington, D.C. ? Talk about perfect timing; you should review the speakers, sponsors and exhibitors lists on the summit website for local ties. And that’s just one organization – the C3 includes a number of other entities which you can similarly mine for regional connections.
Obviously if you have big online merchants or consumer goods firms in your area, or health care systems, IT companies, etc., the question of privacy policies is a timely one and might lead to interesting features about privacy dilemmas, new job categories involving the devleopment, oversight of and compliance with privacy policies, and other state-of-the-art business concerns.
Another avenue to explore: Privacy as a legal specialty. It seems as though most household name digital media companies, from Facebook to Netflix to of course Google, are laboring under class aciton suits related to privacy policies. Parents are clamoring to see their kids’ text messages, and I heard an expert on CNN say that any consumer would need a court order to view his or her own texts, let alone a child or spouse’s. For those who cover telecomm industries, what a fascinating topic.