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A privacy technologist turned writer sharing my insights on data privacy among other topics.

A Poem

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In search of a retardant
capable of smothering
the invisible flame
smoldering my skin
A sizzle screams
to be set free
as unseen smoke builds
beneath the surface
Stilled legs unsettled
while scars remind me
of my sickness
I push away the sorrow
accompanying my symptoms
knowing a stream of tears
lacks solace
Limbs stretched outward
grasping for a solution
before the flame scorches
my dwindling strength

Data Privacy & Ethics

How smartphones erode the social norms that protect your privacy

A masked man surrounded by paparazzi
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A hotel janitorial employee recently made me uncomfortable. Each time I approached, he paused, mopping when I was within fifteen feet. Remaining silent behind his grin, he locked his eyes on me while I passed, only to return the polite “hello” I provided. …


A lesson executives can learn from SolarWinds’ response to its hack

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Last week, former SolarWinds CEO pointed fingers at a former intern as the root cause of the company’s 2019 security breach. Intrigued by the CEO’s accusations, I wanted to understand how an intern could possibly be the culprit behind a breach that gave hackers access to 18,000 government and company…

Data Privacy

Exploring your privacy risks after Google acquires Fitbit

A dumpter with a quote that reads “I though you were special…I though you should know…”
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Privacy experts quivered from Google’s 2019 announcement of its intent to acquire Fitbit. Allowing an advertising giant to possess the health and wellness data of over 25 million people across 100 countries is quite terrifying.

We’ve learned a lot over the past year while this acquisition went through regulator scrutiny…


New found treasure

Cultural Prompt: “Expressing Positive Changes Emerging After Our Lives Were Disconnected Physically from Our Pre-Covid-19 Lifestyles”

Smarthome Privacy

When in doubt, avoid opt-out.

A broken manniquin lays on a sidewalk.
Photo by Edu Lauton on Unsplash

One design decision can negatively shift the public’s perception of your new product. A reality Amazon’s currently living.

Amazon recently announced Sidewalk, a shared network feature for Echo and Ring devices in the United States. It allows your neighbors to automatically share their home network with your Amazon devices and…

The Future of Privacy

Exploring privacy in a circular economy

A girl standing in front of a gray wall painted with a large black circle
Photo by Viktor Nikolaienko on Unsplash

Earth is dying one credit card transaction at a time. We’ve all read the articles, watched the documentaries — we know our consumption habits are killing dear Mother.

For decades, we’ve band-aided our planet’s wounds with recycling programs and slightly greener technologies. …

Cultural Prompt: “Learning to tame your grays between the dark and the fake…”

A poem

Sunlight shines on a pink flower.
Photo by Mary Ray on Unsplash

A somber call turned light
into darkness.
The scan revealed a life changed,
her doctor doubtless.

Her tingling feet sway,
each step provoking demons.
Pleads flow to the Gods,
bartering with acts of treason.

The darkness holds a brush
painting the world gray.
Self-loss a constant torment,
the emotion she cannot convey.

Committed to recover joy,
she battled an internal war.
Light now shines brighter,
she lives a life to adore.

Thank you to Francine Fallara at Blue Insights for this cultural prompt: “Learning to tame your grays between the dark and the fake…”

Living with a Chronic Disease

Some days I don’t want to be in my body

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If you could be any animal, what would you choose? Five years ago, I’d answer a house cat. Embodying a cat would melt my stress away, allowing for lazy days basking in the sun beaming through my owner’s windows.

Now, I want to be a flatworm. (Yes, insects are animals).

Privacy by Design

A PIA creates a plan to operationalize Privacy by Design

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As a UX professional, it’s your responsibility to meet your users’ privacy needs, values, and expectations when designing products that collect or process personal information. Privacy experts advocate that adhering to Privacy by Design (PbD) principles ensures your embedding privacy into the technology.

But as a designer, you need more…

Alexys Carlton

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