Posted in February 2013

Privacy on the Ground

Operationalizing Privacy: How Empowered Is Your Privacy Office?

Where should privacy professionals be positioned within the organization?

What level of independence and authority do privacy officers need so that they can embed a value as complicated as privacy—at times in tension with a whole host of bottom-line commitments, from identifying terrorists to placing effective ads—into a complex organization?

And if privacy is to be delivered through designs and defaults, as well as policy, where should privacy professionals be positioned within the firm?

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Greetings from the Editor

By Jedidiah Bracy, CIPP/US, CIPP/E

Greetings from the IAPP’s first-ever blog!

So much is changing and evolving in this Digital Age, and with that, tough conversations are happening and opinions are being forged throughout the world about privacy and data protection.

Privacy Perspectives is the place to have those difficult but necessary discussions.

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Maybe We Need “A Right To Be Forgiven”

By J. Trevor Hughes, CIPP

Among the most controversial provisions within the proposed EU data protection regulation is “the right to be forgotten.”  The proposal, which would allow individuals to remove data companies have collected about them online unless the company can demonstrate a legitimate need, has elicited concerns from industry about its potential effects on both innovation and free speech. Others have said the provision would simply be unenforceable.

Internet co-founder Vint Cerf has called the provision impractical, saying it’s “very, very hard to get the Internet to forget things that you don’t want it to remember” and suggests, when it comes to protecting ones’ reputation in perpetuity online, that parents engage their children in “the art of critical thinking” instead.

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Trade Law and Privacy Law Come Together

I think it is cool that at my law firm, Hogan Lovells, we have a former Ambassador from the EU to the U.S. and a former U.S. Trade Representative; but in my years at the firm, I never have had a chance to do any work with them.

Likewise, I work just down the hall from lawyers in our international trade group, and up to now, my interactions with them in my role as a leader of our Privacy and Information Management practice have been mostly social.

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Is Your Company a Player or Pretender?


A former boss of mine had a habit of periodically and unexpectedly making provocative statements followed by a question of, “What do you think?” It was his way of generating a frank dialogue on a topic void of political correctness and corporate courtesies, and it worked.

In that same spirit, this post is intended to be provocative as you think about how the leadership of your company really views privacy. In discussing privacy with many different companies over the past several years, there are at least two distinct types: the players and the pretenders.

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IAPP Westin Research Center

Open Source Data: Big Data for All

Think about it: Wouldn’t you love to know everything your cellphone knows?

I mean, not just the stuff about the universe—like the distance between Des Moines and Billings or the weather in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia—but also information about you. Like the time you wake up in the morning, your movements around town, when and where you tend to get stuck in traffic, how much exercise you are getting, what you are eating, your online clickstream, social networking activities, communications, contacts, calendar and more. If only you could tap into this information, analyze it and draw useful conclusions, you could no doubt improve your effectiveness and quality of life.

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