Top Twos-Day: Security Success?

Data Security

Data Security is a huge issue: who has your data, what are they doing with it, and how can you protect yourself? Fifteen years ago, Safe Harbour came into play: a way to protect transcontinental data transfers.

“The EU forbids personal data from being transferred to and processed in parts of the world that do not provide ‘adequate’ privacy protections. So, to make it easier for US firms – including the tech giants – to function, Safe Harbour was introduced to let them self-certify that they are carrying out the required steps.”

Today the EU took steps to send a message to Facebook and others who transfer data, your self-certification isn’t enough, and you will be required to use protective, preventive measures. More at

As far as data goes, you know when you download an eBook, you are limited by the seller and the digital rights management, DRM. “By definition, DRM is any technology that sellers build into an electronic product or service to limit the range of the file’s uses after purchase. DRM is designed to prevent customers from using digital technology beyond what a bookseller or mobile device manufacturer intended.”

Which explains why you cannot share your books. But ideas are swirling, because many people dislike DRMs. One solution is to add an imprint, or according to GoodeReader, “distributors can add a digital watermark containing the customer’s name, email address and other information to identify the purchaser. This would embed personal and IP location information into the e-book at the time of purchase…”

Is this a better solution? Tagging your name and email to books as they stretch across our wifi divide? As a publisher, I want to hear from our readers: What say YOU?

Read the full GoodeReader article.

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  1. Security Success has a wider window than our digital privacy. As you know, Ted Coppell has written a book about the reality of a massive cyber attack on our electric grid that could totally decimate our way of life. He has interviewed the current head of Homeland Security to find out if there is a plan to prevent such an attack on our country. The Director of Homeland Security’s reply was a resounding” probably” in one of our numerous white binders on his shelf. This concerns me that our country is not prepared for the devastating effects that could happen. Are we suppose to just sit back and hope the government will protect us?

    What’s your take on this? Is our only recourse to go out and purchase bottled water and freeze dried food to store in case of an upcoming disaster?

    Donna Wylie

    1. There’s no simple answer, Donna, for sure. But it does open a lot of dialogue: that’s what Ted Koppel wants as he sells his book, imho.

      1. Let’s hope the dialogue starts with our government leaders, especially Homeland Security, FBI, CIA and leads to a proactive plan of action to protect our families, neighborhoods, communities, and country.

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