EU Data Protection

My Dinner with Jan

German Green MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht

On Wednesday of last week, in Strasbourg, France, the European Parliament overwhelmingly approved a proposal for a sweeping, region-wide Data Protection Regulation, ratifying the work of MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht, who almost two years ago began his work as rapporteur for the regulation.

The next evening, on Thursday in Palo Alto, California, I was sitting across the dinner table from Albrecht—who prefers to be called Jan—at an Asian-Fusion restaurant, enjoying a sociable evening for speakers at the next day’s Berkeley Center for Law and Technology (BLCT) annual Silicon Valley Privacy Conference.

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Opinion

How Privacy Got Lucky

By Ruby A. Zefo, CIPP/US, CIPM

On this fine St. Patrick’s Day, I ponder about getting lucky. No, not THAT kind of lucky. We’re all about the privacy! Some of you may think that privacy has been very unlucky indeed. But compared to what could have happened, I believe that privacy still carries a wee bit o’ the shamrock. Think about privacy as a glass at least half full. If you are inclined to be grumpy about the half-empty part, imagine that privacy is an appletini and the other half is coursing through your veins, giving you the inspiration you need to continue the good fight. If you have enough glasses of privacy, you may do something wild and wonderful to draw attention to it—look at how much press privacy is getting these days!

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Privacy Profession

For Privacy Pros: A Look At Your Job Tomorrow

By Eduardo Ustaran, CIPP/E

It is pretty obvious that the privacy profession is changing fast.

Once the realm of an elite of nerdy specialists, the profession is opening up to include a whole range of professionals with a variety of talents, training and skill sets. And whilst the complexity of the challenges faced by those with responsibility for managing information, protecting data and safeguarding individual privacy remains as high as in the early days, the implications of addressing those challenges correctly are becoming exponentially greater. If we succeed, we will not only have contributed to the prosperity of future generations, but we will have also done our bit to preserve everyone’s freedom.

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Big Data

Can We Balance Data Protection With Value Creation?

“Data People” by Andrés Opcional

In the last few years there has been a dramatic change in the opportunities organizations have to generate value from the data they collect about customers or service users. Customers and users are rapidly becoming collections of “data points” and organizations can learn an awful lot from the analysis of this huge accumulation of data points, also known as “Big Data.”

Organizations are perhaps thrilled, dreaming about new potential applications of digital data but also a bit concerned about hidden risks and unintended consequences. Take, for example, the human rights protections placed on personal data by the EU.  Regulators are watching closely, intending to preserve the eight basic privacy principles without compromising the free flow of information.

Some may ask whether it’s even possible to balance the two.

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Practical Privacy

What Makes a Good Privacy Officer?

By K Royal, CIPP/US, CIPP/E

Recently, as I was speaking to a talented group of law students, I was asked the above question. This has also been a related theme underlying some of the recent posts on the IAPP Privacy List. I’m not sure if this list is what those who want to enter the privacy field should cultivate in themselves, what current privacy officers are like or what we should be aiming for as a profession.

To build this list, I searched online for the top 10 traits or characteristics of compliance officers, salespeople, CEOs and managers. In essence, I could stop this blog entry now—that is what we are and should be: compliance officers, salespeople, CEOs, managers and let’s include janitors as well. In fact, let’s look at it that way: What job skills does one need to be an effective privacy officer? If we were to brew the perfect privacy officer, what career fields would we throw into the kettle?

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