Why so many privacy policy updates? Part 2 of 2

This week, we’ll continue discussing why you’ve received so many privacy policy updates lately. Over the last decade, the trifecta of poor security controls, poor user-behavior controls (ie: can you bring a USB drive to work and plug it into a cash register?), and criminals crossed paths to produce repeated data breaches. You’ve heard of […]

Why so many privacy policy updates? Part 1 of 2

If you buy stuff, do business, and/or take courses online, you deal with someone who collects your email & other personal info. Recently, you’ve probably received numerous emails regarding changes in their privacy policy. A privacy policy documents how a company uses the data they collect during the process of selling something or providing content […]

Why do startups fight city hall?

This past weekend, I had a brief discussion about Uber, France, tech startups and the need to “fight city hall”. It all started after I posted a story about an upcoming Paris taxi strike, which is designed to send a warning message to the French government and French people from a highly entrenched monopoly. The message […]

Senate may drop the soap (maker)

About six years ago, there was a big fuss about the CPSIA, a law that was written to sharply reduce lead in clothing, toys and other items made for children under 12. Why lead? Lead poisoning causes developmental and neurological damage in young children, including by breathing dust from peeling lead paint. I made some noise about the law as […]

What does your community’s welcome mat say?

photo credit: archerwl A state association of businesses has pushed legislation into our state house that would limit the on-premise retail sales volume of a related group of businesses. Yes, we talked about this recently, but today let’s go beyond this one business, this one time. That situation is just a symptom of a far […]

Bad apples make you taller, thinner and better looking (until Dec 1 2009)

photo credit: rick One of the things I’ve always counseled you to use in your marketing is testimonials: carefully chosen things your customers have said about their experiences using your products and services. On Dec 1 2009, that changes a bit. In some ways, it’s a good thing. It’ll make almost all those lame infomercials […]

Watering down your message

photo credit: NyYankee While grumbling to myself about the effectiveness of the “Making CPSIA testing economics reasonable for small business” population (my name for a number of “us”, not a name this non-group group has adopted), I continue to be disappointed in the actions being taken by Congress to repair the Act. With that, I […]

The force is strong with this Congress

photo credit: PixelManiatiK For decades, I have avoided getting involved in politics mostly because it has a way of seriously annoying me. As I hope you’ve noticed, I’ve also avoided getting politic-y here at Business is Personal – maybe with the exception of discussions regarding the CPSIA. Despite my best efforts, Congress is working overtime […]

Andy Hoffman tells CPSIA whiners to “grow up”

photo credit: CarbonNYC Over at PopTort.com, consumer advocate Andy Hoffman says that opponents to the CPSIA need to “grow up”. I shared this comment with Andy on his blog, but just in case he doesn’t see fit to mark my comment as public, I’ll repost it here. Feel free to join in with your own […]

Denial – Not a river in Egypt, an attitude about the CPSIA

Ian over at Aquinas and More Catholic Goods sent me some reaction he’s gotten from his wholesale sources regarding CPSIA. As you might expect, they’re all over the board. We have found that several of our vendors are in denial about the law and have flat out said they won’t get things tested because they […]