Europe Seeks To Rise Up and Compete on Cloud Computing

March 24, 2014
Several recent activities have converged with longer-standing efforts to push cloud computing forward in Europe. Swirling around these activities have been violations of European government and citizens’ privacy via the U.S. PRISM program, lingering doubts about the effectiveness of the EU-U.S. Safe Harbor Agreement and the steady drumbeat of headline-grabbing data breaches undermining confidence in the cloud. Thomas Shaw, CIPP/US, looks at Europe’s plan to become a leading jurisdiction in cloud computing.

FTC: Undeterred by Challenges to Its Authority

March 24, 2014
Over the past few years, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has become increasingly active in investigating and enforcing violations of federal statutes governing privacy and data security and has also recently focused its attention on other privacy issues—including data brokers, the Internet of Things, Big Data, the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework and deceptive privacy policies. Corey M. Dennis, CIPP/US, takes a close look at key FTC cases and their practical implications.

Good Cybersecurity Means Good Info Governance

March 24, 2014
While cybersecurity sounds like a highly specialized knowledge area, much of the work necessary to protect business data does not fall within the purview of the technical cyber specialists. The foundation of any good information security program is good information governance. In short, before you secure your data, you have to know your data. You have to know what data you have, where you have it, why you have it and how you use it. This may seem like a seductively simple task, but often it is not, writes Brian Boyd, CIPP/US.

Why Is the U.S. on the Defensive?

March 24, 2014
NSA surveillance may greatly exceed that of any other free-world intelligence agency, and the NSA allegedly has diminished security by covertly inducing the use of “back doors” in communications products and systems. But those who say the EU trumps the U.S. on privacy protections may be overlooking a few inconvenient points, writes David Bender.

Privacy Act Officers Should Also Be Well-Versed in FOIA

March 24, 2014
Privacy Act (PA) requesters typically are not aware of how their request may unfold regarding the information they are requesting. Oftentimes, they don’t know or understand how their requests can easily transition into a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. As such, experienced PA officers should not only have a depth of experience in the PA program but also a breadth of experience and understanding of the FOIA framework in order to facilitate quality customer service, writes Office of Natural Resources Revenue FOIA and PA Officer Richard Lopez, Jr.

Ten Steps to a Quality Privacy Program, Part Eight: Apply Lessons Learned from Others’ Mistakes

March 24, 2014
In part eight of the series "Ten Steps to a Quality Privacy Program," Deidre Rodriguez, CIPP/US, discusses the importance of learning from others’ mistakes. “Regulators take a hard line on mistakes that have been in the press and that are then repeated by others. Look for headlines in which fines and penalties, large breaches or other privacy- or security-related issues are discussed,” writes Rodriguez.

Are You Ready for Express-Consent CASL? ‘Cause It’s Coming

March 21, 2014
Though the government has promised to help coach proactively through the transition, organizations would be wise to start taking steps toward compliance with Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL), which becomes effective July 1. CASL will affect any individual, business or organization that uses commercial electronic messages (CEMs) or transmits data in electronic messages. In short, it requires senders to obtain express consent for commercial electronic messages. Angelique Carson, CIPP/US, examines the law’s provisions with insights from industry and privacy experts.

Lookout Releases Free, Open-Source Short Form Privacy Policy

March 14, 2014
You know the privacy policy story by now: While ostensibly intended to inform users of what a company will do with their personal data, the egregiously long, riddled-in-legalese documents have evolved into a formality rather than a meaningful contract for users themselves. That’s why Lookout has just released an open-source tool that aims to revolutionize that. “Private Parts” allows app developers to customize short-form privacy policies for their brands or products in five steps, or under an hour. Angelique Carson, CIPP/US, has the story.

Facebook’s Egan: “If people are surprised, that’s not good for me.”

March 14, 2014
Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has made public his confusion and frustration over “repeated reports” of government spying. In calling on the U.S. government to “be the champion for the Internet, not a threat,” Zuckerberg said, “They need to be much more transparent about what they’re doing, or otherwise, people will believe the worst.” Transparency for a company like Facebook, one predicated on users sharing personal information with one another, is a huge part of maintaining such trust. This same notion was explained in more detail by Facebook Chief Privacy Officer, Policy, Erin Egan at the IAPP Global Privacy Summit. Jedidiah Bracy, CIPP/US, CIPP/E, breaks down Egan’s conversation with CDT’s Nuala O’Connor, CIPP/US, CIPP/G, in this exclusive..

Charney: Microsoft Has No Backdoors, Period

March 13, 2014
Despite the uproar over the Edward Snowden leaks, government data collection and use is nothing new, said Corporate Vice President of Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing Group Scott Charney to a sold-out crowd at the IAPP’s Global Privacy Summit last week in his keynote address. After all, governments are essentially just big service providers; they want to exploit the Internet and they want access to data.

Privacy: Only for the Privileged

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.

EU DPAs Stake out Positions After DC Tour

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.

Knocking Down Silos and Weaving the Tapestry: A Look at the Priorities of FTC Commissioner Julie Bri

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.

NSA CLPO Makes First Public Appearance at Summit (Video)

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.

European Regulators, FTC Unveil Cross-Border Data Transfer Tool

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).

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