Data Privacy & Information Governance Get Intimate

Data privacy and information governance get intimate in a recently-settled claim against the Canadian company We-Vibe. The lawsuit alleged that they violated customers' privacy by tracking the very intimate details surrounding usage of "adult sensual lifestyle products," which illustrates again the complexity and ramifications of data collecting, aggregation, and analytics in today's world. And what's particularly interesting is something we've discussed before on this blog, data context.

Elektronische Beweismittel: ESI Discovery and the Volkswagen Emissions Cheating Scandal

My household owns an Audi A3 “clean diesel” car, which unfortunately turned out to be not-so-clean. So, I’ve been closely watching the news about the Volkswagen emissions testing scandal. (In case you haven’t followed the story, last month Volkswagen admitted to cheating on U.S. pollution tests for more than 500,000 diesel engine vehicles, by installing software called "defeat devices.” The software detects when the car is hooked up to an emissions testing system, and reduces emissions during the test; once out on the open road, the emissions ramp back up, and the cars spew as much as 40 times the permitted amount of pollutants. Affected cars include Volkswagen's Jetta, Beetle, Golf and Passat, and the Audi A3.