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(Mar 5, 2015) When Glenn Greenwald addressed the 3,000 privacy professionals who came to hear the now-famous journalist speak here at the IAPP Global Privacy Summit, his message to them was plain and 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. Greenwald, who’s profile was elevated further with a recent Oscar win for the film he created with documentarian Laura Poitras, said while he’s spoken on hundreds of stages in dozens of... Read More

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Gender by the Numbers in Data Protection Authorities

(Mar 5, 2015) With the very popular Women Leading Privacy events here at Summit, we added a wrinkle to a recent effort to update the information for contacting global DPAs. What's the gender equality look like in DPA leadership? A cursory glance at the numbers would tell a casual observer that, out of 150 Data Protection Authorities, 74 of them are headed by men, 42 are headed by women and 34 are non-agency safeguards, such as court systems. But those numbers do not tell the whole story. Europe, with a total... Read More

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Portrait of a Privacy Pro

(Mar 5, 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. And we’re still searching. Our survey is still open, should you want to spend some time with it (you may get a certificate message – we’ve purchased a new one and updated, but it’s taking a while to process). We’ve had some great help from Ernst & Young in developing the question set, and it gets right at the very specific ways you operate your privacy team... Read More

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A Message from the IAPP CEO

(Mar 5, 2015) Hello everyone, Thank you for being here at the IAPP Global Privacy Summit. I hope you’re enjoying hearing from exciting speakers and networking with old friends and colleagues as much as I am. However, I do want to issue an apology. I’m sorry that some of you have experienced very full rooms, and in some instances rooms so full you were unable to attend a session you had marked on your calendar. We know we need to do a better job of understanding which rooms will be very full and which sessi... Read More

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Sensity's First CPO: Our Program Will Benefit Social Good

(Mar 5, 2015) Scott Shipman, CIPP/US, has a job in front of him: Build the start-up’s privacy program and do it right. For some, it could be an intimidating project. Founded in 2013, Sensity is doing some pretty cutting-edge stuff, using the global conversion to LED lighting to deploy a high-speed, sensor-based light sensory network (LSN) with sensors, analytics and wireless communications to enable solutions for applications and services like public safety, environmental and weather monitoring, parking management and location analytics. But this isn’t his first rodeo. Read More

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Data-Breach Bootcamp: When Do You Disclose?

(Mar 4, 2015) At the Data Breach Notification Bootcamp Wednesday morning at the IAPP Global Privacy Summit, Liisa Thomas led a packed room through a privacy pro's hypothetical nightmare: Your organization has detected a potential breach incident. What do you do next? In the hypothetical situation, attendees were asked to discuss how they’d react if their company was the subject of a rumored breach incident. Speculation of a breach was swirling around on Facebook. So what to do? Do you ask Facebook to take th... Read More

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White House Privacy Bill Taking Fire from All Sides

(Mar 2, 2015) The White House released what it’s calling a “discussion draft” of its Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights (CPBR) late Friday. The bill aims to “establish baseline protections for individual privacy in the commercial arena and to foster timely, flexible implementations of these protections through enforceable codes of conduct developed by diverse stakeholders.” We round up the various reactions. 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 to manage ad preferences one step further, offering the ability to opt out of targeted ads served through apps on mobile devices. For example, consumers can choose not to allow advertisers to target them based on their location. Now, why would a company like xAd, whose very business model invo... Read More

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First Data Snags a Combo BCR Win

(Feb 24, 2015) First Data began its effort to win approval for its binding corporate rules (BCRs) in 2007. 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 it's been approved for both processors and controllers, it's also the first company to have done so under the purview of the ICO. Read More

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