Not In My House

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With the Internet of Things quickly taking over, the concerns of privacy advocates are stronger and more relevant than ever.  Many tech companies and startups are developing new products that skirt the gray line between convenience and privacy violations.  With the government slow to catch up on these matters it’ll be left to consumers to dictate how much listening, watching and out-and-out spying they want in their lives – especially at home.  If you haven’t stumbled upon Presence Detection technology, read more here on soon to be innovations.

Blackberry Opts Out

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The leadership at Blackberry continues to amaze me with its inability to turn the company around.  They’ve been at the very least risk adverse at a time when they should have been making brazen moves in order to regain even a slimmer of market share.  Now it seems that they’ve completely thrown in the towel when it comes to the mobile hardware market as they’ve sold global rights to the Blackberry brand to Chinese manufacturer TCL.

The mobile pickings in the US are very slim – iOS or Android; just like our 2-party political system.  We really need a third option.  Hopefully, there’ll be new competition that will totally disrupt the mobile market.

Yahoo! Account Breach!


It’s just been announced that Yahoo! experienced a data breach that caused more than 1 billion accounts to be compromised.  Hopefully everyone knows not to store or transmit sensitive information on ‘public’ email systems, meaning email providers that give you a ‘free’ account as they’re often the target of hackers.  Also your emails are searched for marketing and sales opportunities.  In any regards, if you have a Yahoo! account, keep a lookout for suspicious activity – and consider moving on to a different platform.

Better Than Google Glass?

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The move by Samsung to create a ‘smart’ contact lens could make the likes of Google Glass obsolete.

A smart contact lens has far reaching possibilities.  The virtual augmented reality potential is limitless.  Even erasing the need for those pesky 3-D glasses needed for movie watching.

And of course the amount of data available to marketers would be remarkable.

What I’m not so certain of are the privacy implications.

In any regard, the patent that Samsung has for this Blink technology moves us a step closer from wearables to embedded human technology.

Learn more at Digital Trends.

Career Moves and the 2016 Election

Vote ButtonIf your New Year’s resolution is to make a career change, especially outside of your current organization, ensure that you thoroughly do your homework.  It may not be your resume, skills or who you know that can impact your chances of landing your next gig – instead it may be how you vote and donate politically.

At first thought you may not think how or if you vote could impact your chances for receiving a job offer.  However, some organizations believe that their employees should vote and donate politically the same way that the company does.  These organizations want their staff to be fully aligned with the company’s political goals – and not what’s necessarily in the best interest of the employee.

Organizations such as Oppenheimer Funds, make the assertion in their ‘Data Privacy Statement’ when potential employees are completing the application process.  As you may know, very few people actually read the data and privacy statements – therefore, they’re unaware that not only their political affiliation, but also that of certain family members are reviewed and weighed by companies such as Oppenheimer before an offer is extended.

And it doesn’t stop once the offer is extended.  For your tenure at these types of organizations, you must obtain pre-approval of all future political contributions.  This is extended not only to you but also certain family members as well.

Oppenheimer Funds Political Contributions

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Oppenheimer Funds Political Contributions - Magnified

Is it fair?  No, but at the current time there are no protections for potential employees to undertake to guard against these types of pervasive actions.  Donating to the Right, Left or not at all could potentially hurt your chances of being hired.

So, if you don’t receive that new job offer you’ve been hoping for – it could have more to do with your political association than it does your actual talent.


Rolanda Gregory ©2016
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Oversharing Online – How much is too much?

WhisperingHave you ever had a conversation with someone or even a group of people, and later thought – you know, I wish I hadn’t told them that.

Well, that same experience happens with social media. While it’s normal to want to share details of your life with others, it’s important to actively remind yourself to filter your thoughts and words. If not, you can potentially overshare information with others, which could lead to dire consequences.

This is especially true if you’re utilizing a social media website such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, etc.

With our ‘always on’ and real-time technology world, a misspoken word or thought, can cause irreparable damage to you and others.

Before posting any information online, whether it be an image, video, tweet, posting or comment – pause and ask yourself:

  1. Can this be traced back to me? If so, it’ll be hard to deny any allegations.
  2. If my employer, government agency, professional associations, etc. see the post, image or video, would it cause embarrassment or issues? Remember that some employers and organizations have moral clauses in their contract agreements and by-laws.
  3. Am I revealing information that may be proprietary or subject to a non-disclosure? The legal issues can be tough to overcome if you’ve publicly violated a legal agreement.
  4. Did someone tell me this in confidence, and if so, would they be offended to see it posted online? This is especially important with friends and family, be careful not to share information on their behalf – especially without their prior consent. If there’s any doubt or uneasiness about what you’re posting or sending, simply don’t do it. In this case, the old adage applies, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
  5. And ultimately, could this post hit me in the pocketbook and cause financial repercussions? If so, the answer is apparent, steer clear from posting the content.

While I’ve mostly focused on content published on social media websites, the same advice applies to emails and text messages. Be careful of what you email and text to others, after you hit send, you have no control as to how the information will be handled. It can be forwarded to others, posted on unsavory sites, manipulated, and many other unfathomable actions.

While social media definitely has its place in today’s society, we should remind ourselves that some aspects of our lives should remain behind closed doors.


Rolanda Gregory ©2016
All Rights Reserved.