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(Feb 26, 2015) The age-old dichotomy between privacy lawyers and engineers can often be a difficult hurdle to overcome. Last year, Profs. Peter Swire, CIPP/US, and Annie Antón discussed why engineers and lawyers need to get along. An essential part of making the connection between both disciplines, writes Security Specialist Ian Oliver, in this first in a series of posts for Privacy Tech, is by creating a grounded semantics through which lawyers and technicians can speak. One solid place to start, he writes, is grounding it in the term "personally identifiable information." Read More

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First Data the First With Double BCRs Through ICO

(Feb 26, 2015) U.S.-based First Data began its effort to win approval for its binding corporate rules (BCRs) in 2007, back when the process was young and still evolving. This month, the UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) officially recognized the multinational payment solutions company's BCRs for data processors. Now able to boast that it's been approved for both processors and controllers, First Data is also the first company to have done so under the purview of the ICO. First Data CPO John Atkins, Chief Compliance Officer Carmen Menendez-Puerto and Chief Control Officer Cindy Armine-Klein discuss the process with Angelique Carson, CIPP/US, in this exclusive for The Privacy Advisor. Read More

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Will Consumer Privacy Bill Undercut FCC?

(Feb 26, 2015) The White House is expected to propose legislation for a consumer privacy bill of rights, and The Hill reports that several House Democrats are raising concerns that the proposal could undermine online privacy. The bill could undercut Federal Communications Commission (FCC) authority in preventing Internet service providers “from using their position in the marketplace to do things like charging subscribers not to have their browsing history data monitored or setting ‘supercookies’ that allow us... Read More

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CDT Launches Breach Notification Multi-Stakeholder Effort

(Feb 26, 2015) The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) has announced it is launching a multi-stakeholder effort to find innovative solutions to data breach issues. The Common Ground Data Breach Forum will first meet on March 17 and brings together leaders from the CDT’s Internet Privacy Working Group and the Digital Privacy & Security Working Group. The announcement comes a week after the CDT and law firm Jones Day brought together representatives from government, industry and nonprofit organizations. Read More

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Target Breach Cost $162 Million; Sony Fights for Coverage; National Archives Breached

(Feb 26, 2015) Target has announced the total cost of the massive data breach that hit its systems late in 2013 has reached $162 million, reports. Target said the number would have been higher if it did not have cyber-insurance coverage. In separate news, Sony has asked a New York state appeals court to reverse a “landmark” ruling that freed several insurance companies from covering the Sony PlayStation breach from 2011. Meanwhile, law enforcement is investigating a potential intrusion into the Nation... Read More

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Can Intellectual Privacy Survive in the Digital Age?

(Feb 26, 2015) In a column for The Christian Science Monitor, Evan Selinger talks to Washington University Prof. Neil Richards about his new book, Intellectual Privacy: Rethinking Civil Liberties in the Digital Age. Richards says intellectual privacy “is about needing to have protections from being watched and interfered with when we’re making up our minds about the world—when we’re reading, surfing the web, talking on the phone and sending email to confidants.” Richards adds our intellectual property and, the... Read More

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Regulation May Be Moving Away from One-Stop-Shop Mechanism

(Feb 26, 2015) “Ireland will not retain sole control over privacy disputes involving companies such as Facebook and Apple under new rules agreed on Wednesday allowing any of its European peers to challenge Irish rulings,” Reuters reports. Had a proposed one-stop-shop mechanism been approved, businesses operating in the EU would only have dealt with the regulator where they have their primary European base. But, according to anonymous sources, member states that did not want their regulators to lose policing powers over multinationals pushed for a change allowing any concerned authority to object to a decision, triggering the intervention of the still-to-come European Data Protection Board, the report states. Ministers still have to sign off on Wednesday’s decision when they meet next month. Read More

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Speier Wants To Make Revenge Porn a Federal Crime

(Feb 26, 2015) In the coming weeks, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) will introduce a bill that would make revenge porn a federal crime, Gizmodo reports. “Today it’s possible to ruin someone’s life with the click of a button, by publishing another person’s private images without their consent,” Speier said. “Our laws haven’t yet caught up with this crime.” The bill is set to be introduced this spring and is designed to create new criminal statutes that apply to people who run revenge porn sites and would also make it... Read More

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First Lady’s Location Leaked Via Instagram Feed

(Feb 26, 2015) First Lady Michelle Obama’s Instagram feed is leaking details about her location or that of her staff, The Hill reports. The account’s manager has opted into also sharing their location, and that data can reveal details right down to the building “where someone was located when they uploaded a picture to the service.” A picture of a Christmas tree coming into the White House was posted from outside of Allentown, PA, for example. “Politicians' locations when they post Instagram pictures became an... Read More

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EPIC Asks FTC To Investigate Smart TV Voice-Command Feature

(Feb 26, 2015) The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) is asking the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate the voice-recognition features of Samsung’s Smart TVs, CNet reports. The privacy advocacy group claims the feature violates the Electronic Communications Privacy Act by intercepting and disclosing “wire, oral or electronic communications.” In its 20-page complaint, EPIC writes, “Samsung’s attempts to disclaim its intrusive surveillance activities by means of ‘privacy notice’ do not dimini... Read More

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