Contributor: Kenneth Bamberger

Kenneth A. Bamberger is Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, and co-director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology. He is an expert on government regulation and corporate compliance, especially with regard to issues of technology and information privacy. His groundbreaking study of privacy practices in the U.S. and Europe, conducted with UC Berkeley Information Prof. Deirdre Mulligan, will be published by MIT Press in 2014.

Privacy on the Ground

The Modern Privacy Function: Balancing Strategy with the Operational

By Kenneth Bamberger

Note from the Editor:

This is the final of a series of three posts on privacy officers in the U.S. and Europe from Berkeley Profs. Kenneth Bamberger and Deirdre Mulligan. Bamberger will discuss his research in the breakout session Dubunking Myths of European and U.S. Privacy: New Data on Corporate Privacy Management at the IAPP Data Protection Intensive, April 23-25 in London, UK.

Our previous posts reported some initial conclusions from almost one hundred interviews of leading corporate privacy officers, regulators and other privacy professionals in five countries. 

The second post explored one surprising finding—that the two countries in which privacy officers were most empowered were Germany and the United States, countries which couldn’t be more different in terms of...

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Privacy on the Ground

Why Are German and U.S. Practices so Similar, if Their Regulatory Structures Are so Different?

By Kenneth Bamberger

Note from the Editor:

This is the second in a series of three posts on privacy officers in the U.S. and Europe from Berkeley Profs. Kenneth Bamberger and Deirdre Mulligan. They discussed some of their findings in the breakout session Privacy on the Ground in the U.S. and Europe, March 7, at the IAPP Global Privacy Summit in Washington, DC.

Our previous post began to explore findings from almost one hundred interviews of leading corporate privacy officers, regulators and other privacy professionals in five countries—and what they can teach us about how the structure of the corporate privacy function can affect the success of measures to protect privacy.

We ended that post with a surprising finding: The two countries in which privacy...

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Privacy on the Ground

Operationalizing Privacy: How Empowered Is Your Privacy Office?

By Kenneth Bamberger

Note from the Editor:

This is the first in a series of three posts on privacy officers in the U.S. and Europe from Berkeley Profs. Kenneth Bamberger and Deirdre Mulligan. They discussed some of their findings in the breakout session Privacy on the Ground in the U.S. and Europe, March 7, at the IAPP Global Privacy Summit in Washington, DC.

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...

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