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(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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Online Safety Awareness from AfricaCERT and STOP. THINK. CONNECT.

(Feb 24, 2015) The African Forum of Computer Incident Response Teams (AfricaCERT) and the STOP. THINK. CONNECT Messaging Convention joined together this month to help promote online safety awareness to the African economies represented by AfricaCERT's membership. One of the main facets of this campaign was to promote cybersecurity awareness at the individual user level. Since its inception in 2009, the convention's slogan and message has been adopted by dozens of international corporations, government organizations such as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and countries including Uruguay and Jamaica. The STOP. THINK. CONNECT. campaign seeks to aid individuals in staying safe online, and  it is the first such campaign the convention has entered into with a multilateral trade association in Africa.   Read More

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Monitoring Your Privacy Program: Part Two

(Feb 24, 2015) In the second installment in this series looking at monitoring programs across industries, including the privacy consultant, healthcare, IT, finance, government and telecom, Deidre Rodriguez, CIPP/US, talks with with Danette Slevinski, vice president and corporate responsibility officer for Bon Secours Charity Health System, where she administers the corporate responsibility and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy program. "taff come and go. Laws change. Electronic systems and software are updated. By having a monitoring program that you update regularly, at whatever interval works for your organization, you can ensure that internal and external changes do not result in noncompliance," Slevinski says. Read More

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Third-Party Vendor Management Means Managing Your Own Risk: Chapter Six, Contracting

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(Feb 24, 2015) In the sixth chapter of this ongoing series, K Royal, CIPP/US, CIPP/E, writes about what might be the largest hurdle in a successful vendor management program: the contracting piece. "In this chapter, we will consider the actual contracting process, no matter the service that is being provided," she writes. "This is the point where you have already established your thresholds and the contract has reached your desk, either legal or privacy. This is applicable no matter the staffing model for how your privacy office works with the legal office." Read More

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Does the EU's Right To Be Forgotten Pose a Threat to Companies in the U.S.?

(Feb 24, 2015) Until recently, it seemed to be a concept that arose solely in the E.U. 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 RTBF order, write John Stephens and Paul Pittman. Read More

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