Michelle Finneran Dennedy

Michelle Finneran Dennedy is vice president and chief privacy officer at McAfee, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel Corporation, is a security technology company that delivers solutions and services that help secure systems, networks, and mobile devices around the world.

Articles by Michelle Finneran Dennedy

U.S. state governments, the European Union, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, and other governing bodies around the globeā€”it seems every regulatory body is debating its own definition of personally identifiable information (PII). Recent topics from behavioral marketing to GPS to Anonymous hacks have elevated privacy to the regulatory priority list. There is already significant regulatory variation about what data constitutes PII and personal health information (PHI). Existing rules were largely written in an attempt to solve known data challenges such as the problems of credit card fraud (PCI), identity theft (regional disclosure rules like the U.K. Data Privacy Act and U.S. state laws), and electronic data sharing inefficiencies (HIPAA). Some were written for loftier goals such as human rights and reputation management. They mandate controls over relatively easily characterized descriptors like credit card numbers, street addresses, and birthdates and affect physical as well as electronic disclosures.

Posted July 11, 2012