Contributor: Andrew Clearwater, CIPP/US

Andrew Clearwater, CIPP/US, is the Director of Compliance and Risk Management at RxAnte, Inc. He is also an adjunct professor of privacy and technology law at the University of Maine School of Law in Portland, ME. Recent projects include contributions to the NTIA mobile application transparency discussion, helping to launch a privacy seal program for companies that use consumer energy information and participation as a member of the W3C Tracking Protection Working Group.

Opinion

Big Data’s Thirst Is Driving Change in Minimization Philosophy

By Andrew Clearwater

The recent National Security Administration (NSA) revelations demonstrate a broader trend: A retreat from minimization in collection and a move toward minimization in use. If you trust the collector not to break the rules, then a collect-first, minimize-later privacy model shouldn’t present a privacy impact, but recent revelations by The Washington Post have shown what happens when the collector...

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410,000 Lavabit Users Weren’t Edward Snowden

By Andrew Clearwater

Lavabit founder Ladar Levison shut down his company rather than cooperate with a government investigation. Recent reports indicated that Lavabit's secure e-mail service included NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden among its users. Now the Lavabit website shows only a letter stating in part: I have been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people...

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