Contributor: J. Trevor Hughes, CIPP

J. Trevor Hughes is the President and CEO of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), the world’s largest association of privacy professionals.

Hughes is an experienced attorney in privacy, technology and marketing law. He has provided testimony on privacy issues before several committees within the U.S. Congress, British Parliament and EU Parliament.

Hughes previously served as the executive director of the Network Advertising Initiative and the Email Sender and Provider Coalition. He is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Maine School of Law and frequently speaks about privacy issues at conferences around the world.

Opinion

Privacy in Context

By J. Trevor Hughes

The New York Times ran a story yesterday that describes the arrival of our “contextualized” existence—brought forth by predictive search apps that understand the context of your life and provide reminders, information and services based on what you are doing, where you are and what you might need next. Products like Google Now, Evernote and Cue are said to “know what you want, before you do.” In...

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Bridging the EU-U.S. Privacy Gap

By J. Trevor Hughes

Privacy has always been a difficult concept to define, and privacy issues are complex.

For Europeans, privacy is a human right, while for Americans, privacy tends to be about liberty. It’s often thought that the Holocaust and the rise of totalitarianism in 20th-century Europe have been the catalysts behind the region’s strong privacy and data protection regimes.

A recent book by Edwin Black, in...

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Maybe We Need “A Right To Be Forgiven”

By J. Trevor Hughes

Among the most controversial provisions within the proposed EU data protection regulation is “the right to be forgotten.”  The proposal, which would allow individuals to remove data companies have collected about them online unless the company can demonstrate a legitimate need, has elicited concerns from industry about its potential effects on both innovation and free speech. Others have said the...

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