Posted in March 2013

Privacy Engineering

From Privacy to Trust Professionals

Businesses should stop focusing on privacy and start focusing on trust, which creates value and revenue. Privacy professionals should become trust professionals and become involved in overall product creation. That is how to create trusted experiences. Privacy and trust are two sides of the same coin but lie at opposite ends of the emotional spectrum.

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Breaking News

Let’s Go to the Video

By Jedidiah Bracy, CIPP/US, CIPP/E

TechDirt reported earlier this week about an exchange between Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX) and Google Law Enforcement and Information Security Director Richard P. Selgado. The incident occurred during a hearing on the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) held by the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations.

Gohmert queried Selgado on Google’s system of selecting keywords from user’s e-mails for advertising purposes, but seemed to have difficulty understanding how the system actually worked. Click “Read more” to see video of the exchange.

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RSA Roundup

Big Data Drives Privacy Growth at RSA 2013

By Jeff Northrop, CIPP/US, CIPP/IT

Big Data is on every technologist’s mind lately and the exhibit floor and session programming at the 2013 RSA conference in San Francisco reflected that trend. It was mentioned in keynotes and discussed at length in sessions. The words “Big Data” were prominently displayed in banners and literature in the exhibit hall from software and hardware vendors as well as consultants and educational programs.

And it’s no wonder—the availability of all manner of data is increasing at a tremendous pace.

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Can Working Remotely Affect Your Privacy Program?

By Allen Brandt, CIPP/US, CIPP/E, CIPM

I believe it can and here’s why.

If you’ve been following recent news, a large technology company recently told all of its employees that, starting in a few weeks, they are expected to work in the office and not remotely from home. Much less press was given to a large electronics retailer who was one of the first major companies to implement a very flexible work schedule, but has now given their employees a similar message, that their flexible, work-from-home life is ending.

Look at the impact of your work environment on privacy.

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Oh, the Places You’ll Go!  Mobile Privacy Developments and Paths for Companies

By Mary Ellen Callahan, CIPP/US

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. But mobile companies should pick their direction with care, considering the words of the FTC Chair! (Apologies to Dr. Seuss)

Last Thursday, at the IAPP Global Privacy Summit, the new FTC Chair Edith Ramirez identified mobile privacy as one of her top policy and enforcement priorities. Her statement is the most recent tacit acknowledgement that multiple federal and state government agencies are talking—seriously—about mobile privacy policy issues and have been for more than a year.

From a practical standpoint, what has happened, what should consumers expect in the future and how will these activities affect the mobile marketplace?


Alan Westin’s Legacy of Privacy and Freedom

By Peter Swire, CIPP/US

The long and well-deserved obituary of Alan Westin in The New York Times, is one of many tributes now appearing to this pioneer of privacy. I have had great admiration for Alan since he helped this junior law professor enter the privacy field in the mid-1990s. In this short recognition of Alan, I first offer some of the things for which he is best known and then add a few items from my own experience with him.

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The Internet of Things and a Balanced Approach to Regulatory Intervention

By Eduardo Ustaran, CIPP/E

To say that the Internet has changed and penetrated our lives is without doubt an understatement. As cliché as it may sound, Internet technology has already had an effect of historic proportions for humanity. What is even more amazing is the fact that the real impact is yet to be seen and is only a few years away.

Today, using and benefiting from the wonders of the Internet typically involves a communication device—like a PC, a tablet or a mobile phone—that serves as an interface mechanism for the user. Browsing the web, shopping online and communicating by e-mail have become second nature to anyone with access to a device connected to the Internet, and the fact that this can happen on the move in all but the most remote places on the planet only makes the whole experience more ordinary.

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