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(Mar 4, 2015) In this Privacy Tracker exclusive, IAPP Westin Fellow Patricia Bailin, CIPP/US, CIPT, looks at President Barack Obama’s proposed national data breach notification standard against existing legislation. “The clamor for a standardized data breach notification requirement has become almost as quotidian as a data breach itself,” she writes, adding, “Companies no longer wonder whether they will ever have to notify consumers of a breach but rather when they will do so.” Looking at the current complexi... Read More

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Are We Giving Our Employees the Training They Need?

(Mar 4, 2015) After taking part in various system and compliance training sessions—from online offerings to those held at various organizations across industry sectors—Allen Brandt, CIPP/US, CIPP/E, CIPM, writes in this Privacy Perspectives post about whether we’re giving our employees optimum privacy training. “I think most in our profession will agree that users are one of the biggest vulnerabilities, Brandt writes, noting employees “are both the first line of defense and a captive audience, being required, in many cases, to participate in company-sponsored training sessions.” From his participation in varied trainings, though, Brandt cautions many training opportunities are failing their attendees—and suggests how to improve going forward. Read More

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Cate: Wyndham Case Could Reach SCOTUS

(Mar 4, 2015) The Hill reports on Tuesday’s oral arguments in Wyndham Worldwide Corporation’s battle against “the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in a high-stakes legal case that will help define the role of the federal government in protecting the security of consumer data online.” Wyndham is trying “to reverse a district judge’s decision endorsing the FTC’s enforcement authority,” the report states, noting Wyndham’s lawyers argue the FTC “overstepped its authority by punishing companies for weak cybersecurit... Read More

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Balancing Promise with Privacy

(Mar 4, 2015) National Journal reports on the Internet of Things (IoT) and Washington, DC’s scramble to catch up. The Senate Commerce Committee last month discussed what Chairman John Thune (R-SD) called “the most important trend in technology.” For now, it appears to be an issue garnering bipartisan support. “The promise of the Internet of Things must be balanced with real concerns over privacy and the security of our networks,” said Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) at the hearing. Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA) said he’s... Read More

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Is the Proposed Regulation Broken?

(Mar 4, 2015) Citing “leaked documents,” IT World reports civil liberties groups are warning that the EU’s proposed data protection reform is “badly broken.” The documents suggest the Council of the EU “is trying to destroy key elements of the original proposal,” the report states. Civil liberties groups Access, the Panoptykon Foundation, Privacy International and European Digital Rights (EDRi) “published leaked council proposals to amend the proposed data protection regulation on Tuesday,” the report states,... Read More

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Ansip, Wheeler at the MWC

(Mar 4, 2015) At the Mobile World Congress (MWC), European Commission Vice President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip reaffirmed the EU’s “tough stance on anticompetitive practices, data protection and tax avoidance,” The New York Times reports. Also at the MWC, The Irish Times reports, U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler discussed the need for an Internet referee, saying “if the Internet is the most powerful and pervasive platform in this history of the planet, which I belie... Read More

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“Assessment Manager” Streamlines Privacy Management; The “Weaponisation” of Data

(Mar 4, 2015) In a feature for The Drum, Lara Enoch writes about “the weaponisation of data,” giving brands tips for treating their customers’ data ethically. “As Generation Z grows up with the smug label of 'digital natives,' companies are starting to realise the savvy, ethical nature of their customers and the need to become trusted brands,” she writes. To those ends, Volvo has announced it has made data privacy a priority alongside physical safety. Its CIO said customers always own their data; “We do not s... Read More

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Advocates: UN Needs Privacy Rapporteur

(Mar 4, 2015) The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has joined a group of 60-plus advocacy groups to call for the creation of a United Nations (UN) special rapporteur on the right to privacy. “The special rapporteurs are independent experts appointed by the Human Rights Council and serve in their personal capacities,” the EFF announcement states. “A special rapporteur would play a critical role in developing common understandings and furthering a considered and substantive interpretation of the right to pr... Read More

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Amidst More Breach Reports, RADAR Adds EU Notification Options

(Mar 4, 2015) Dark Reading reports on the announcement by ID Experts in conjunction with this week’s Global Privacy Summit that its RADAR incident response management software now includes EU privacy laws, making it possible for companies “to easily manage privacy incidents across EU and U.S. jurisdictions.” Meanwhile, data breaches—including those affecting Uber, Anthem and Sony—continue making headlines. Research indicates nearly 13 million Americans were victims of identity theft in 2014, with ... Read More

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DARPA “Brandeis” Program, IBM “Identity Mixer” Aimed at Privacy Protection

(Mar 4, 2015) The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is examining a program the agency says will help develop the “technical means to protect the private and proprietary information of individuals and enterprises,” NetworkWorld reports. The program is named after Louis Brandeis—frequently referred to as the “father of privacy.” DARPA will gauge interest in the program at a Proposer’s Day event on March 12. Meanwhile, IBM has also said it is offering technology “to encrypt the certified identity attributes of a user, protecting privacy and enhancing security.” The program is called Identity Mixer and prevents third parties from accessing data “by revealing only selected data to service providers,” the report states. Read More

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