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What We're Following July 31, 2019

Capital One Data Breach

Newsweek reported yesterday that Capital One reported that no social security numbers or bank records were compromised other than about 140,000 social security numbers and 80,000 linked bank accounts. The total breach was over 100 million records.

The issue with this statement is that it claims two different things in the same statement which comes off as corporate speak. A mistake was made that allowed a hacker [Paige Thompson] to get access to these records. These data breaches are basically a new norm with so many companies being compromised in the last decade or so.

While credit monitoring is important and may be a necessary evil in the future, we have to remember that our data is going to be something we watch over time as these data breaches may not fully reveal themselves for years as the data stays available to malicious people for long periods of time. It’s hard to say what tomorrow’s policies or strategies will be / should be.

Intergenerational Communication Between Grandparents and Grandchildren

Carson De Fries wrote an article in the Highlands Ranch Herald talking about how young people need a connection to the past and future; something that grandparents can give them. This is a wonderful article and if you are interested in how you might want to interact with your grandchildren then you should take a few minutes to read it.

A couple of notes - there are different kinds of storytelling that are important - Directive, stories about past mistakes and regrets - Social Bonding, stories that help unite people around common interests or passing down of traditions (cooking, etc.) - Personal Identity, stories about where they come from, history, culture and identity.

NY Political Candidates Can Use Campaign Funds for Baby Sitters

As a person with young children I really like this idea of allowing candidates who take time away from work and families in an attempt to serve a community to make sure they have access to resources to help them run effectively. The more people (male or female) who can enter the race, the more likely we will be to get quality candidates to choose from. In today’s bipolar political world, I am just hoping to see new and better people to represent our community and state interests.

Santa Barbara Health Center Removing Barriers to Experiencing Good Health

Direct Relief, a humanitarian organization posted an interesting article about some of the clinics it supports in Santa Barbara. In some of their clinics they have trained workers who ask questions and help identify people who are in need of other services, something they call an “x-ray” because it helps identify other things beneath the surface that could be impacting the health of a patient beyond a standard diagnosis.

They have bilingual employees, and specially trained staff to help serve people with varying degrees of resources and health needs and are becoming a one-stop shop of sorts for people in the community. They have also become strong advocates for children and the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) they may be exposed to. These programs have been built with the help of the University of Santa Barbara

Direct Relief is a humanitarian aid organization, active in all 50 states and more than 80 countries, with a mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies – without regard to politics, religion, or ability to pay.

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