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(Feb 27, 2015) “We’ve all heard the common password advice: Choose a random password with a lot of characters, include digits and symbols, don’t use a dictionary word, don’t write it down and change it often,” writes Carnegie Mellon University Prof. Lorrie Faith Cranor, CIPT, “While some of this advice is useful, some of it is counterproductive and probably even harmful.” In this post for Privacy Tech, Cranor previews her Game Changer talk at next week’s IAPP Global Privacy Summit and shares a sneak peak of research results on password best practices. Read More

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Behind the Scenes With the New DAA AppChoices Program

(Feb 27, 2015) On Wednesday, the Digital Advertising Alliance announced an extension of its AdChoices program beyond the desktop. AppChoices, an app consumers can download (with an attendant web page), allows consumers, for example, to choose not to allow advertisers to target them based on their location on mobile devices like phones and tablets. Now, why would a company like xAd, whose very business model involves targeting consumers by location, want to participate in such a program? IAPP Publications Director Sam Pfeifle talks with Monica Ho, SVP of marketing at xAd, about operationalizing AppChoices for The Privacy Advisor. Read More

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Web Conference: How To Regain Control of Your Digital Communications

(Feb 27, 2015) Email is used every day to deliver information and discuss private and sensitive issues, making it fertile ground for hackers and a treasure trove of information for potential litigation. In the last year, it has become increasingly clear to businesses, consumers and governments that the related problems of digital privacy and cyber theft must be solved, and email is at the heart of this problem. To help privacy pros learn about emerging technologies that can be used to help secure email communications, the IAPP will offer the web conference “Your Data Your Rules—How To Regain Control of Your Digital Communications,” featuring Dan Kruger of Absio Corporation, on March 26. Registration is free. Read More

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Does the RTBF Threaten U.S. Companies?

(Feb 27, 2015) Until recently, it seemed to be a concept that arose solely in the EU. However, late last year a French court, relying on the right to be forgotten, issued an injunction requiring Google to remove allegedly defamatory material linked to a Danish lawyer employed in France from its search engine worldwide. The French court's order raises a significant question of whether a U.S. court would enforce an order, John Stephens and Paul Pittman write in this exclusive for The Privacy Advisor. Read More

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Net Neutrality Order Could Be Privacy Game-Changer

(Feb 27, 2015) Thursday’s ruling by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) could also have implications for online privacy. The New York Times reports that FCC’s order “includes provisions to protect consumer privacy.” According to the Los Angeles Times, the ruling could be a “game-changer” because it would require ISPs to obtain consent prior to monitoring and sharing of personal information. The Electronic Privacy Information Center’s Marc Rotenberg said, “Potentially, this could apply to every web requ... Read More

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FTC Eyes Privacy Issues in Merger Reviews

(Feb 27, 2015) The head of the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Bureau of Competition has said the agency could expand its coverage of merger reviews to include privacy issues, Law360 reports. The expansion is seen, in part, as a result of companies competing on privacy. FTC Bureau of Competition Director Deborah L. Feinstein made the remarks at a conference held by BakerHostetler yesterday. “Privacy could be a form of non-price competition important to customers,” Feinstein said. (Registration may be required to access this story.)   Read More

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What Does Accountability 2.0 Look Like?

(Feb 27, 2015) Accountability is not a new concept in data protection, but times and technology have changed significantly since it first started gaining traction. With the coming technology boom involving sensors and wearables, coupled with today’s advanced analytical capabilities, information use is going to change even more dramatically, writes Peter Cullen, CIPP/US, executive strategist at the International Accountability Foundation. In this blog post, he explores what “Information Accountability 2.0” migh... Read More

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Silent Circle Set for “World’s First” Privacy Ecosystem

(Feb 27, 2015) Privacy-enhancing technology provider Silent Circle is set to unveil the “world’s first privacy ecosystem” together with new devices, software and services at the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Spain, ZDNet reports. Silent Circle has raised nearly $50 million in a funding round, noting there’s a “strong demand” to keep communications private. Cofounder and Executive Chairman Mike Janke said Silent Circle has “created an integrated suite of secure enterprise communication products that are cha... Read More

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23andMe Names Kate Black as CPO

(Feb 27, 2015) Personal genetics company 23andMe has appointed IAPP member Kate Black its privacy officer and corporate counsel. Prior to joining 23andMe, Black worked for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the Department of Health and Human Services, and she’s served as health privacy counsel for the Center for Democracy & Technology. “The potential impact that 23andMe can have on both individual health and the entire healthcare industry is profound,” Black said. “... Read More

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Judge May Side With Hulu in VPPA Case

(Feb 27, 2015) In a potentially precedent-setting case, U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler said at a hearing Thursday that she will likely side with online streaming service Hulu in a case that claims the company violated the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA), Courthouse News Service reports. Referencing the case involving Judge Robert Bork's video rental history following his Supreme Court nomination, Beeler said, “It just doesn’t feel like the Bork transmission of personal information.” Plaintiff counsel ... Read More

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