Technology

GDPR is going to affect us all

February 07, 2018 - 09:41

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was adopted by the European Union (EU) in April 2016. The GDPR requires that businesses protect EU Citizens’ privacy and personal data on transactions that take place in the EU.

The GDPR is going to start being enforced May 25, 2018. Companies are required to protect an individual’s IP address, browser cookie, and RFID tags in the same manner as they would secure that person’s name, address and Social Security number.

It is nearly impossible to remain anonymous online

December 15, 2017 - 08:30

In Privacy laws and cyber-security the term Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is used to refer to information that can be used to identify, locate or contact an individual. This can be your name, phone number, social security number, address or other information that can be combined to identify you. PII is a legal term more than a technical term.

Fact Check Labels

October 07, 2017 - 09:01

One of the new additions to the search aggregator Google News, Bing News, and others is a new fact check label. They are using a select group of news sites and including their articles marked as fact checks.

Fact checking can be very subjective, since often the statements are not purely measurable. To determine true or false, there is interpretation that is required to arrive at something that is measurable. This interpretation of the statement and distilling it down into something that can be verified is an area where these fact checkers fail.

Cutting the cable cord

September 03, 2017 - 08:58

The price of cable has increased significantly over the years. Many cable bills are north of $200 a month, but that also includes phone and Internet. This means that customers can save around a $100 a month by cutting the cord.

Depending on your viewing habits, dropping cable may or may not be a major sacrifice. If you watch movies and older TV shows you may be able to replace cable with Netflix or Amazon Prime. These services usually cost around $10 a month depending on the options chosen.

Fine-tuning online search options

August 20, 2017 - 08:53

It use to be if you wanted to find a local business you would grab the phone book and look up their name or their category. If you wanted a plumber you would look under plumbers and chose one of the listing to call. The business could buy a larger listing (ad) in the yellow pages to stand out. You would pick one of the business under the plumbing listings and call them.

County revises hardware replacement policy

July 14, 2017 - 09:59

Technology Services Manager Karolyn Anthony presented to the Board of County Commissioners revisions to a Hardware Replacement Policy ( No. 34-01) that was approved in September 2011. The Hardware Replacement - Internal Service Fund Policy essentially requires all county departments to budget 20% of replacement costs annually for the Internal Service Fund, resulting in a self-sustaining fund that provides the Board of County Commissioners stable funding through the normal budgeting process.

State Infrastructure Technology Bill Vetoed

June 30, 2017 - 08:41

A bill dealing with state infrastructure technology, sponsored by Representative Blaise Ingoglia has been vetoed by Gov. Rick Scott.

According to Ingoglia, the bill would have moved the state toward utilizing cloud technology. Ingoglia stated that if state agencies migrated to commercial cloud products, then millions in tax dollars could be saved. HB 5301 also would have created a cybersecurity task force, but Ingoglia emphasized that the major cost saver is cloud conversion.

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