Privacy Advisor

IAPP in the News

October 1, 2007

Microsoft's Scott Charney to Address Privacy Pros at IAPP Privacy Academy 2007
As companies collaborate and share information across borders and devices, personal data becomes more valuable to businesses and criminals alike, resulting in security threats with much greater impact to lives of users and businesses, according to Scott Charney, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Group.

Charney will give a keynote address on October 23 to more than 800 privacy professionals at the IAPP Privacy Academy 2007, Oct. 22-24, at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco.

"Organizations are collecting and using personal information to provide online services to consumers and constituents more than ever before, just as cybercriminals are targeting personal information as the new currency of crime," Charney said. "We are seeing an increasing number of threats that go beyond the traditional one-to-many attacks to ones that are much more focused on capturing specific assets from users and organizations."

As the use of information becomes more prevalent and its value becomes greater, for both businesses and online criminals, what used to be considered security threats are now often threats to people's privacy. Charney will provide some insight for companies on the challenges and opportunities facing organizations today as security and privacy become increasingly interdependent and as organizations work to protect and manage personal information.

"The IAPP would like to thank Scott Charney for recognizing the importance of sharing his perspective with one of the largest gatherings of privacy pros," said Kirk M. Herath, CIPP/G, Associate Vice President, Chief Privacy Officer, Associate General Counsel, Nationwide Insurance Companies. "Charney brings an expert perspective from one of the leading companies devoted to privacy protection in the marketplace."

For the first time, the IAPP is bringing one of the largest gatherings of privacy pros to the West Coast. As the largest association for privacy professionals in the world, the IAPP consistently offers privacy pros the best opportunities to network, educate and certify - this time in a region that cultivates some of the world's most innovative technology companies. California's position as one of the pioneers of privacy law that protects consumers also will enrich the dialogue about privacy protections and information sharing.

Register now at for this event, which is expected to draw more than 800 privacy pros for a comprehensive conference that will feature about 120 leading privacy and security thought leaders and experts.

Computerworld Asks 'Who Are Your Riskiest Vendors?'
IAPP member Jay Cline, CIPP, had a recent opinion piece titled, "Who Are Your Riskiest Vendors?" featured in Computerworld magazine. The article, which focuses on vendor risk management, cites an Ernst & Young survey on corporate information security that indicates that vendors are among the top five risks for companies. Cline looks at why corporations aren't doing more to effectively manage these risks.

He points out that concerns about vendor threats to privacy and security "isn't news." For the past several years, he says, "vendor risk management has been a recurring theme at International Association of Privacy Professionals events."

The article concludes by outlining the basic steps being taken by companies with a formal vendor risk assessment program in place. To read the complete article, log on to action/ ArticleBasic&articleId=9026618&intsrc=hm.

Former Boston KnowledgeNet Chair Recognized in Worcester Telegram
The Worcester Telegram recently ran an announcement of the appointment of Jeannette M. Frey to Privacy Officer for Fallon Community Health Plan of Worcester (Mass.). The article mentions that Frey is a past co-chair of the IAPP's Boston KnowledgeNet chapter. Prior to joining Fallon, Frey was Staff Attorney for Tufts Health Plan, and before that was Tufts' Privacy Officer. She has also served in the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office and at Massachusetts General Hospital.

DHS Touts Staff CIPP Certification
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Privacy Office included an article in a recent issue of its Privacy Matters newsletter publicizing the fact that a number of staffers recently earned CIPP and/or CIPP/G status. According to the article, the "DHS Privacy Office staff demonstrated its privacy proficiency" by passing the Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) exam, held at the IAPP Privacy Summit 2007 in March. The DHS Privacy Office now has 14 CIPP certified staff members.