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(Mar 6, 2015) When Glenn Greenwald addressed the 3,000 privacy professionals who came to hear the now-famous journalist speak at the IAPP Global Privacy Summit, his message was simple: You have the power to change the injustices that exist and, in fact, as a citizen of the world, it’s your duty to do so, Angelique Carson, CIPP/US, reports for The Privacy Advisor. Since the surveillance and data-collection practices of the U.S. National Security Agency and its allies were revealed, the question Greenwald is as... Read More

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FTC Launching Data Security Initiative

(Mar 6, 2015) Several Federal Trade Commission (FTC) officials shared their views and concerns on recent developments in privacy at the IAPP Global Privacy Summit yesterday, and Bureau of Consumer Protection Director Jessica Rich said the agency is set to launch “Start with Security” to provide businesses with resources, education and guidance on data security. In this post for Privacy Perspectives, Jedidiah Bracy, CIPP/US, CIPP/E, highlights the details on the program Rich and FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez sh... Read More

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Senators Introduce Data Broker Legislation

(Mar 6, 2015) Sens. Edward Markey (D-MA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Al Franken (D-MN) have reintroduced legislation requiring “accountability and transparency for data brokers who are collecting and selling personal and sensitive information about consumers.” The Data Broker Accountability and Transparency Act (S 668) would allow consumers “to order the companies to stop using, sharing or selling data about them for marketing purposes,” The Hill reports, and includes provisions f... Read More

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The Portrait of a Privacy Pro

(Mar 6, 2015) Who are you? That's the question we set out to answer every other year here at the IAPP with our biannual Salary and Governance Survey. Our survey is still open, and we hope you’ll take the survey if you haven’t yet, as it gets right at the very specific ways you operate your privacy teams. In the meantime, we do have some early returns we want to share. Publications Director Sam Pfeifle reports for The Privacy Advisor on who you, the privacy pros, are—and what your average salaries are. Read More

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Big Data, Health, Privacy Products All Topics at MWC

(Mar 6, 2015) This week’s headlines from the Mobile World Congress (MWC) have spanned privacy topics ranging from big data to healthcare. Deutsche Welle reports on privacy advocates at the MWC “taking big Internet firms to task this week for what they regard as gross privacy violations and the exploitation of users' tendency to click ‘accept’ without first reading a contract.” An Associations Now report describes the MWC as “ground zero for privacy,” and Telecoms reports on Orange’s goal of becoming a “privac... Read More

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Singer: Companies Not Living Up to Pledge

(Mar 6, 2015) In a blog post for The New York Times, Natasha Singer suggests companies are not living up to the Student Privacy Pledge. The pledge requires companies to “maintain a comprehensive security program that is reasonably designed to protect the security, privacy, confidentiality and integrity of student personal information against risks—such as unauthorized access or use,” but Singer suggests some “companies signed the pledge even though, at the time they joined, they had not begun full encry... Read More

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Looking at the Numbers: How Do the World’s DPAs Break Down by Gender?

(Mar 6, 2015) With so many popular “Women Leading Privacy” events at the IAPP Global Privacy Summit, during the recent update of our global data protection authorities (DPA) information page, we decided to delve deeper into the question. This feature for The Privacy Advisor looks at DPA leadership according to gender and compiles the results, broken down by regions around the world. See whether Women Leading Privacy efforts so far have resulted in more opportunity on the regulatory side as well as in the private sector. Read More

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Experts Call for Cybersecurity Investments, Building Codes

(Mar 6, 2015) With breach reports in constant abundance, ITNews reports that the overall costs to businesses are actually quite low. “This indicates that the financial incentives for companies to invest in greater information security are low, and suggests that government intervention might be needed,” the report states. Help Net Security suggests ways to advocate for data security, and Dark Reading looks at “building codes” for cybersecurity and data protection. Meanwhile, Quartz reports that people are, in ... Read More

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The Social Story from Summit: Part Two

(Mar 6, 2015) If you want the details on purchasing keynote speaker Michael Sandel’s book or you’re sad you missed Publications Director Sam Pfeifle and GM CPO Jill Phillips, CIPP/US, CIPP/C, playing the latest privacy hits on the Little Big Stage, our Storify feature has you covered. Check out all the latest tweets, updates and photos from the networking and educational sessions at this week’s IAPP Global Privacy Summit in Washington, DC. Our Publications Team is on the ground reporting on the keynotes, preconference workshops and break-out sessions, but here’s where you can read what the privacy pros have been talking about live from the event. Read More

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Windows 10 Settings Strive To Make Privacy More Accessible

(Mar 6, 2015) CNet reports on Microsoft’s Windows 10 and its new "Privacy" tab. The tab, the report states, “has a bunch of privacy settings you won't find in the traditional Control Panel, because a lot of these settings are more for tablets and phones than they are for laptops and desktops.” The report looks at such options as settings for location, ads and even microphone and webcam access. “The General section is where you'll be able to quickly change basic privacy settings—for example, you can choose whether to let apps access your name, photo and other account info; you can let Windows track your typing and give you word suggestions based on what you write, and you can allow websites to access your language list,” the report states. Read More

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