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The Privacy Advisor | Privacy products you may want to know about: July and August Related reading: Privacy products you may want to know about: May

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Tech solutions are increasingly a part of a privacy pros' purview. Here's a look at a crop of new privacy- and security-based tools that should perhaps be on your radar. Want your product featured? Email acarson@iapp.org. 


Breach RespondeRS

Reed Smith has released an app designed to help companies apply state laws to the facts of a breach incident to determine notification obligations. The Breach RespondeRS app "is the first app of its kind prompting companies to answer basic fact questions and immediately get a response as to the likelihood that notification is required," a press release states. Reed Smith also released a video that demonstrates how the app can be used "in both post-incident response, as well as pre-incident assessment for identifying risks under different scenarios to help companies to prepare accordingly." 


MyPermissions Privacy Cleaner

MyPermissions Privacy Cleaner is a Chrome extension that allows users to monitor all connected apps to see what permissions users have granted on their PCs. The extension is compatible with Facebook, Google Account, Twitter, Dropbox, Instagram and Yahoo Account and does not require users to log in again if they are currently logged in to the social platforms. The extension ranks the level of risk associated with each account, with scores being anywhere from low risk, very high risk, to unknown risk. Users can click on each account to get the full details of all permissions and how each app uses your permissions.  


Tails 3.0

 

Tails released the latest version of its Linux system designed to help protect users’ privacy. The new version of the Linux system has been rebuilt on top of the Debian 9 Stretch Linux distribution code. In order to provide stronger security controls, Tails 3.0 has dropped support for older 32-bit systems. Tails’ Media Access Control address spoofing features are now on by default, and the new Linux system includes the latest version of the Tor Browser, giving users a Mozilla Firefox–based browser that is directly integrated with the Tor anonymizer network. 


SpyCloud

SpyCloud came out of stealth mode to release its breach discovery platform alerting organizations through email or API when their online assets have been exposed on the dark web. Companies can use the various methods of breach notification to identify the affected individuals, allowing them to take action when their personal information has been compromised during a breach.


eBlocker

eBlocker is a plug-and-play device designed to protect user privacy by stopping all third-party trackers, blocking ads, and hiding IP addresses from all smart devices. eBlocker allows users to hide their location by making it appear as if they are using a different device. The tool allows users to protect their kids from malicious content by offering individual settings for each individual. eBlocker is currently working on a feature that will allow users to use the internet through their device while traveling.

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