Tag Archives: COVID-19

Running a Cashless vs Less Cash Business



When was the last time you used cash for a major purchase, like a new pair of shoes? Dinner for two at a restaurant? Or to pay for a tank of gas?

There’s a good chance it’s been a while.  Researchers have been following the trend toward a “less cash” society for years, documenting the threshold where people switch from currency to a payment card and how businesses make the decision to go cashless. 

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Direct Selling, Not Overselling



COVID-19 has impacted the lives of millions and will continue to, from a health, economic, and personal standpoint for many years to come. Among the heart-breaking thousands of casualties that have occurred, the job market has also taken a hit. The Federal Reserve reports that unemployment rates are higher than they have been since the Great Depression. In this reality, Americans are turning to direct selling as a solution. Continue reading Direct Selling, Not Overselling


Privacy in the Time of COVID-19



When the first cases of a novel coronavirus were reported in China in late 2019, US businesses were not focused on what would become a global pandemic. What they were thinking about was how to comply with tough new state privacy laws that were about to go into effect in 2020.

Flash forward to today and the California Consumer Privacy Act, the New York SHIELD Act and several other state and territorial privacy and security laws are in effect (or soon will be). Some of those laws prohibit the kind of data sharing that health experts say is needed to help respond to the novel coronavirus outbreak in the US.

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Privacy in the Face of COVID-19



Conversations have sparked around data regulation and privacy in direct correlation to how it’s being used to provide insights about the impact of COVID-19. Location data is a big focus. Recently, the Senate conducted an unprecedented ‘paper hearing’ of which the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) weighed in. Katelyn Ringrose, Policy Fellow of FPF, discusses all the details from a data optimist perspective. It’s a good one, take a listen!