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Experts: Avoid Settlements by Building in Privacy

PRIVACY LAW

December 16, 2011

A feature in The Globe and Mail suggests the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settlement with Facebook will require the company to "get it right" when it comes to privacy, suggesting that such settlements could be avoided if companies come to understand the importance of Privacy by Design. "It's all about being proactive and embedding the necessary protections into the design of your systems," notes Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian. "By doing so, you can prevent the privacy harm from arising, thereby avoiding the costs associated with data breaches." Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times reports on a call from the Electronic Privacy Information Center for the FTC to strengthen the settlement.
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