March 11, 2014
You’ve heard that people pay for services with their privacy, but what if people want to pay money for their privacy? What would that cost? Without realizing it, that’s the question Pulitzer-winning journalist Julia Angwin set out to answer as she began investigating just what it would take to remain anonymous and retain her privacy without giving up the modern conveniences of smart phones, search engines and credit cards. The results of her investigation make up her new book, Dragnet Nation: A Question for Privacy, Security and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance
, which she outlined as part of a keynote address at the IAPP Global Privacy Summit.
March 10, 2014
As the closing keynote at the IAPP Global Privacy Summit , the panel discussion hosted by IAPP VP of Research and Education Omer Tene was highly anticipated—and didn’t disappoint. In a too-brief 20 minutes, Article 29 Working Party Chairwoman and CNIL President Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, UK Information Commissioner Christopher Graham and Dutch DPA Jacob Kohnstamm were largely civil but definitely sparred over ideas central to European data protection regulation reform and its impact on the U.S. and the global economy.
March 10, 2014
Shortly after receiving the IAPP’s 2014 Leadership Award at this year’s Global Privacy Summit, U.S. Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill sat down with DLA Piper Partner Jim Halpert for an intimate discussion about the agency’s priorities moving forward. In a wide-ranging discussion, she covered opinions on Safe Harbor, enforcement responsibilities, cybersecurity and data breach, the future of notice and choice and many other topics.
March 7, 2014
In what can only be described as a standing-room only crowd at the IAPP Global Privacy Summit, new U.S. National Security Agency CLPO and long-time IAPP member Rebecca Richards made her first public statements yesterday in a conversation with last year’s Privacy Leadership Award-winner Danny Weitzner. And you can watch it, in this video from yesterday.
March 6, 2014
After a year of collaboration on the effort, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), together with data protection authorities from around the world, held a press conference at the IAPP Global Privacy Summit Thursday to announce a joint agreement between the G29 and APEC countries aiming to aid companies in achieving compliance with global data transfers. Speaking for the group, Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, chairwoman of the French Data Protection Authority (CNIL) and president of the Article 29 Working Party, said the tool, called a “referential,” is a “very political and symbolic act” for companies seeking to obtain double certification under Europe’s binding corporate rules (BCRs) and APEC’s cross-border privacy rules (CBPRs).
March 6, 2014
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) led a multi-stakeholder process last year aimed at developing a voluntary code of conduct for mobile app transparency. Some of those that participated in the process spoke at a Global Privacy Summit preconference session Wednesday on why a multi-stakeholder process was chosen, what the code looks like and whether the process was a success. The NTIA’s John Verdi led the stakeholder process for the Department of Commerce but was quick to tell the room that the code—now in its final draft after 142 earlier versions, 19 of which became public—is not a government product.
March 6, 2014
We’re in an age of a technological tsunami. Here in the West, we’re faced with two opposing ideologies: On the left, we believe Big Brother is descending upon us via an oligarchy of faceless corporations. On the right, we believe Big Brother is descending upon us via “snooty academics and faceless bureaucrats.” The result? A civil war that has completely destroyed our political world. And the only thing that will save us is a fierce militancy that sees the watched becoming the watchers. That was the message keynote speaker David Brin posed to the sold-out crowd here at the IAPP’s Global Privacy Summit in Washington, DC, yesterday.
March 5, 2014
Is the often abstract scholarship of privacy academics read by privacy regulators? It would seem that regulators may not have the time or inclination to read such work, but in many respects, at least on Wednesday, it was clear the answer was yes. Squeezed into a small room in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC, a handful of privacy scholars met briefly with some of the world’s most influential privacy regulators to discuss the future of public policy and the role of the privacy regulator as part of “Privacy Papers for Policy Makers,” co-organized by the Future of Privacy Forum and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, D-TX.
March 4, 2014
In the late 1960s, emerging surveillance technologies such as telephone tapping, electronic eavesdropping, hidden television eye monitoring and polygraph examinations, combined with the advent of the computer, reignited public concern over the preservation of privacy. These technological advances and concerns, coupled with brilliant foresight, prompted Dr. Alan F. Westin, then a professor at Columbia University, to create what would become known as a seminal work in the information privacy field, Privacy and Freedom
. Lamentably, that seminal work had been out of print for years; however, the IAPP has brought the book back into print, with a limited edition run of 1,000 hardcover copies, available for the first time at the 2014 IAPP Global Privacy Summit.
March 3, 2014
As the field of privacy has developed, solutions to privacy concerns have multiplied in the marketplace. Tech vendors, service providers, consultants, law firms—all have broadened and deepened the offerings they have for privacy professionals to purchase in governing data and data is becoming a company’s most valuable asset. Privacy is a dynamic industry that has moved quickly, so quickly that few have stopped to take stock in how far the industry has come, and perhaps more importantly, what the industry has become. The IAPP Industry of Privacy Study seeks to do just that.
March 3, 2014
The White House remains committed to an open, reliable Internet but understands it requires the application of “timeless privacy values to this technology” as has been applied to each generational shift in modes of communication, from the telephone to e-mail. That was part of the message from White House Counselor John Podesta in his keynote address at MIT’s event, “Big Data Privacy: Advancing the State of Art in Technology and Practice.”
February 28, 2014
For information security professionals, privacy might seem like a secondary thought. Done right, however, incorporating strategic thinking about privacy into daily job functions could be an infosec professional’s ticket to the C-suite—or at least strong relationships with the people in it. After all, breaches and other gaffes are expensive and damaging, and information-security professionals are the data keepers who can avoid such pitfalls. That was the message IAPP CTO Jeff Northrop, CIPP/US, CIPP/IT, told a crowd at the RSA breakout session “Privacy as a Growing Risk.”
February 28, 2014
In the cybersecurity community, the OWASP Top 10 Project is something of a touchstone. An open-source list of “the most critical web application security flaws,” it represents a consensus of experts as to what threats organizations should be most concerned with as they go about developing their projects. Florian Stahl, CIPP/IT, has launched the OWASP Top 10 Privacy Risks Project, and he’s looking for help.
February 27, 2014
These are uncertain times. User trust is at an all-time low; the models upon which governing data-use principles were built are outdated, and it’s time for a shift in how policy people and engineers work together in order to address these problems. This report examines those and other takeaways from a well-attended and wide-ranging RSA session Wednesday on “Hot Topics in Privacy,” moderated by IAPP CEO Trevor Hughes, CIPP< and featuring a panel of chief privacy officers from Google, Microsoft and McAfee.
February 27, 2014
The IAPP Westin Research Center has undertaken a project to produce an FTC Privacy Casebook—which collates, organizes, indexes, tags and annotates the body of FTC privacy and data security jurisprudence—and make it available for you to search and use. The IAPP believes that the FTC Privacy Casebook will be a useful resource for businesses that seek to comply with the law and best data practices but often find themselves groping for guidance and direction. Ahead of the largest ever (yet again) IAPP Global Privacy Summit in Washington, DC, next week, the IAPP Westin Research Center has published a useful preview of the FTC Privacy Casebook, which is scheduled for launch at the end of the year.
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