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How do your store your data? Hard drives? The cloud? A local inventor says a device he created is indestructible and will make your data available in perpetuity. It’s called Totenpass, and it’s constructed from solid gold. Inventor Bruce Ha says not only can the device withstand fire and other natural elements, it also eliminates future dependence on the internet or the cloud when it comes to saving precious digital files. Ha has concerns about who owns content when it’s uploaded to the cloud or to sites like Facebook or Twitter. How can you protect your own information?

This hour, we discuss data storage and ownership with our guests:

  • Bruce Ha, inventor, entrepreneur, creator of Totenpass, and founder and CEO of Stamper Technology, Inc.
  • Scott Malouf, attorney whose practice focuses on the intersection of social media and the law

University of Rochester Medical Center

The University of Rochester Medical Center said an incident on May 14 caused it to lose the paths to 2.6 million files stored on one of its archival servers.

According to a statement from spokesman Chip Partner, no electronic medical records were affected, and no personal health information was lost.

URMC says it's trying to recover the data, which accounts for about 4 percent of what's stored in its digital archive. None of the files that disappeared had been accessed in the six months prior to their deletion, the university said.

The University of Rochester is partnering with Harris Corp. to create the Rochester Data Science Consortium that will be housed on the UR campus.

The joint effort will help companies and governments analyze large amounts of data — an industry known as “big data” — in order to spot trends that can help the companies, consumers and citizens.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York State Education Department has hired a chief privacy officer to protect student and teacher data.

Commissioner MaryEllen Elia announced the appointment of Temitope Akinyemi this past week.

She'll be in charge of developing and implementing the department's privacy policies and investigating security breaches.

Akinyemi has experience as the privacy officer at the state Office of Information Technology Services, where she also was an attorney.

The Rochester Business Alliance's 2014 Health Benefits Survey is out and it shows that more employers are offering high deductible health plans. What does this mean? We'll discuss this with Eric Bond, CEO of Bond Financial Network and an RBA member.

Then we talk with Daniel Castro, the director of Center for Data Innovation about how poor quality data can disadvantage poor and underrepresented communities.