Contributor: Allen Brandt, CIPP/US, CIPP/E, CIPM

Allen Brandt, CIPP/US, CIPP/E, CIPM, is corporate counsel, data protection and privacy, and chief privacy official for GMAC, which owns the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), an exam delivered to prospective graduate business students in 111 countries worldwide. He provides legal guidance and counsel on U.S. and domestic consumer privacy issues, creates data protection policies and procedures, responds to privacy inquiries and leads the privacy training program. In addition, he monitors compliance with the council’s marketing programs and oversees the filing of international data processing applications and notices.

Brandt is a member of the California and Missouri Bars and is a Virginia corporate counsel.  

Practical Privacy

On Making Privacy Policies More Simple and User-Friendly

By Allen Brandt
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David Vladeck, while he was heading up the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection, frequently railed against the current generation of consumer-facing privacy policies, and he has data to back him up: Consumers just don't read or understand the things.

Much has been written about the failure of many privacy policies in the way they have been implemented. Most, it seems, have been written by lawyers...

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Opinion

Is the U.S. About To Get Its First European-Style Employee Works Council?

By Allen Brandt

A recent article in The New York Times noted that every one of Volkswagen’s (VW) manufacturing plants in the world has an employee works council except one: the VW plant in Chattanooga, TN. Works councils are popular in VW’s home country of Germany and created by a directive in the European Union. This directive mandates employees have a voice in working with management  about working conditions...

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Opinion

Putting Privacy In Your Organization's DNA

By Allen Brandt

“Ethics cannot be taught in a business school. It has to be a part of the DNA.”

The above quote came from David Wilson, president and CEO of the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), the organization that owns and administers the GMAT exam that is used globally for entry into graduate business schools. (Disclosure: I’m the CPO of this organization).

Now, let’s take the statement above and...

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Opinion

Can Working Remotely Affect Your Privacy Program?

By Allen Brandt

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...

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