Unusual Gathering | Episode XIX | Guests MK Palmore and Eva Casey-Velasquez

Conversations At The Intersection Of IT Security And Society

MK Palmore | Eva Casey-Velasquez

Sean Martin | Marco Ciappelli

This episode:

Identity theft, misuse of personal information, and criminal intrusion — it is complicated and so are the consequences.

Here are a few teasers to get you inspired to listen up.

In the Federal Bureau of Investigation, there is a clear distinction in the way that they refer to privacy and cybersecurity:

Privacy relates to the misuse of personal information that was legitimately given but then used not for the intended purpose or by the party it was originally given to. 

Cybersecurity refers to a criminal intrusion, and therefore the theft of information, by an unauthorized party that stole information from a source.

This may very well make sense from a legal and criminal investigation standpoint, but we must agree that privacy and identity are more often than not part of the same big cybersecurity picture, and that consumers certainly feel this way.

More reasons below…

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…and more teasers to get you extra inspired to listen to this podcast:

To be fair, legally it is true that if you give out your information and permission to use it in a certain way, then there should be no questions about it. 

In today’s cyber society, most of the time people sign ULAs without even looking at them; sometimes they are tricked into consent, and other times they are simply scammed and taken advantage of.

If we agree that consumers should be responsible for their own cyber safety (what they sign and do online), shouldn’t they also be educated about the value of their privacy and protection of personal identification and how to do so?

We also need to accept the fact that the market, society, educators, and regulators are not helping.

We need to accept the fact that this is a big problem and even if steps are now finally taken in the right direction, there is a long way to go. 

Did GDPR help to make privacy cool again?

Yes, it made companies and individuals more sensible about this issue, but we are looking at a big world, many different cultures and historically unique experiences. A large part of the population in many countries is still unaware or careless about identity theft, privacy and cybersecurity.

The fact is that identity theft and privacy abuse is a complex and pervasive problem, not only for society as a whole, but even more so for the victims of it. The consequences go way past financial loss and legal actions; we are talking about a wide variety and depth of psychological and emotional consequences that range from mental to physical, from work to family, from financial to emotional. 

So what is the answer to this problem?


But who is going to educate the educators, and how can we be sure that people are willing to be educated and empowered?

We’ve got some ideas.

Listen up — one of these ideas might actually work!