Blog posts by Tim Cole

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Cloud Computing: Thinking inside the box

The problem with Cloud Computing is that no two experts can agree what it really is, right? Wrong! As of Sunday evening, we at least have two major players singing from the same psalm book. At Oracle Open World in San Francisco, Larry Ellison went public with the announcement that not only does he agree with Amazon on their definition of Cloud Computing; he is actually stealing their thunder, or at least the thunder of the name Amazon invented to describe their cloud services, namely “Elastic Cloud”. He also gave a firm answer to the age-old question, is Cloud Computing an...

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Not Just Any Port in a Storm

As anyone in the identity industry knows, more lies between America and Europe that just an ocean. In fact, when it comes to privacy and data protection, a wide gulf separates the old and new worlds. Germany in particular is often perceived as hidebound, not to say paranoid, when it comes to companies collecting personal data about their customers. People are signing up by the thousands to have their houses deleted from Google StreetView, with the mass-circulation “Bild Zeitung” running panic-inducing headlines like “StreetView snoops private data” and warning their readers...

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A Right to Forget?

The Internet, like an elephant, never forgets. Unfortunately, it also never forgives, as witnessed by the case of Stacy Snyder , a 25 year-old former student at Millersville University School of Education in Pennsylvania, who wanted to become a teacher. Until the day she went to a party and had her picture taken drinking from a plastic beaker and wearing a pirate hat. The picture found its way onto MySpace, where it was seen by a professor who thought it decidedly unfunny. In fact, he was so incensed that he informed the school authorities who refused to grant the young woman the...

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No more Mr. Nice Guy

Adobe is a company everybody likes. Okay, with the possible exception of Steve Jobs, that is. But really: Adobe is probably the largest vendor in the IT industry that doesn’t compete head-on with any of the other giants. In fact, cooperation seems to be somehow bred into their genes, which is why the Adobe managers I met with recently in Paris seemed to be exceptionally nice. But that may change. Take Sydney Sloan, Director, Adobe’s director of product marketing & operations who is a typical charming Canadian (except that she’s an expat from the States) and whom I must thank...

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Measuring the real costs of identity theft

One of the best-held secrets in the German credit card industry was inadvertently revealed last night at an informal press dinner hosted by Bayern Card Services, an acquirer jointly operated by Bayerische Landesbank and the Bavarian community-owned savings and loan banks (“Sparkassen”). Asked just how much money banks were losing from credit card fraud, Monika Kummer, head of risk management for BCS, blurted out a figure of between 0.2 and 0.3 percent of total card turnover. When pushed for further details, she clamed up, but the genie was already out of the bottle. After that, the math...

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The business of business is trust

Who's pulling the cart on data protection? At least in Germany, that has traditionally been government's role, and that has made the German regulatory environment one of the fiercest in the world for foreign enterprises and organizations. U.S. companies in particular are often reluctant to engage in the German market for fear of running afoul of the strict laws, but the same actually goes for the EU as a whole. Witness Amazon Web Services decision to build two separate clouds, one (based in Dublin) for Europe and another for the rest of the world. So it may come as a surprise to hear a...

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Barcelona Deja-vu

It’s the phone industry’s dirty little secret: As humble “handys” (as German’s quaintly persist in calling mobile handsets) morph themselves into miniature editions of full-fledged computers, the danger of its being attacked by hackers or compromised by malware is growing, cancer-like and unseen. And while many people were discussing security issues this at this year’s GSMA Mobile World Expo in Barcelona, they did so mostly in a whisper. This was in contrast to the brazen self-promotion on display everywhere else on the Montjuïc fairgrounds where the operators, designers,...

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Identity Management by accident or design?

I was talking recently with Joerg Mauz, the CIO of a small German company called Ansmann AG that makes batteries and chargers for laptops and mobile phones. They may be tiny by some standards, but they have a big global footprint, and their  300 people are distributed around the globe from Shanghai to Macau to Stockholm and soon the U.S. as well. I asked him whether he thought Identity Management was a big issue for small companies like his, and he laughed. "They don't know what it is", he said, and then added: "Even though they may be doing it themselves already." Ansmann is a good...

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Show me your terrorists!

I just came back from a meeting of the German chapter of IAPP, the International Association of Privacy Professionals, and the words of the chairman, Dr. Jyn Schultze-Melling, a lawyer with the firm Nörr, Stiefenhofer & Lutz, still ring in my ears: “We are sacrificing employee privacy on the altar of anti-terrorism.” It turns out that firms are required by law to check their employees names against lists of terrorism suspects published by the United Nations and the European Union. In Germany, §34 of AWG, the Foreign Trade Law, forbids companies aiding or abetting persons or...

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Show me your terrorists!

How many terrorists work for your company? Dunno? Well, see you in jail, pal! I just came back from a meeting of the German chapter of IAPP, the International Association of Privacy Professionals, and the words of the chairman, Dr. Jyn Schultze-Melling, a lawyer with the firm Nörr, Stiefenhofer & Lutz, still ring in my ears: "We are sacrificing employee privacy on the altar of anti-terrorism." It turns out that firms are required by law to check their employees names against lists of terrorism suspects published by the United Nations and the European Union. In Germany, §34 of...


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