Winning support from senior management and others

June 1, 2010
This article is the third in a series contributed by MediaPro, Inc., in which privacy and data protection thought leaders from leading organizations share best practices for addressing the human factor in compliance and data protection programs and implementing a successful privacy and data security awareness and training initiative.

Promoting privacy to your IT group: The CIPP/IT pilot project

June 1, 2010
“I found that by preparing for the CIPP/IT certification I was able to develop an appreciation and a level of awareness for privacy I didn’t have before. I believe this awareness will allow me to think broader and consider impacts beyond the immediate solutions.“ — Employee, Walmart Stores, Inc.

Amended German data protection law requires new agreements with data processors

June 1, 2010
The German data protection law was revised in 2009 and obliges parties to data processing agreements to include into their contracts clauses on breach notifications, audit rights, subcontracting, and a couple of other aspects.

Privacy and the Vancouver Olympics: Games over, cameras going away

June 1, 2010
The 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics marked the first time the games would be held on the North American continent in the post-9/11 world of enhanced security considerations after the terrorist attacks against the United States. With the games came increased concerns about protecting the international athletes and visitors who would flock to Vancouver to take part in the Olympics, and with those concerns came the need to balance personal privacy with personal safety.

10 in 2010: A chat with Kathleen Street, Privacy Officer, Children’s Health System

June 1, 2010
As part of a yearlong celebration of the IAPP’s tenth anniversary, this month the Privacy Advisor chats with member and privacy officer for Children’s Health System in Birmingham, Alabama, Kathleen Street.

New European Standard Contractual Clauses for data processors

May 11, 2010
In February 2010, the European Commission approved new Standard Contractual Clauses for the transfer of personal data to processors outside the European Economic Area (New Processor Clauses). At the same time, the commission repealed its 2001 decision approving a predecessor version of such clauses (Old Processor Clauses) effective May 15, 2010. As a result, multinational organizations will consider updating their group-internal and external contracts relating to data processing and service providers can expect requests from their customers to sign updated forms.

Notes from the Executive Director

May 1, 2010
As I write, we are busy with final preparations for the IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium in Toronto. Soon after, we’ll head to Silicon Valley and then Berlin, Brussels and Paris for this year’s European delegate tour. A year that started off with a bang continues to gain momentum. By the end of 2010, we’ll have hosted more events and programs than in any other year in our decade-long history.

Privacy and security considerations for EHR incentives and “meaningful use”

May 1, 2010
One of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009’s (ARRA) (Pub. L. No. 111-5) areas of emphasis is expanding the use of health information technology, both in terms of storing and managing medical records in electronic form and in terms of facilitating the exchange of information contained in such records. The Recovery Act included significant funding to provide incentive payments to healthcare providers to adopt electronic health record (EHR) technology; these incentives require eligible providers not only to acquire and install systems, but also to demonstrate “meaningful use” of electronic health records (§4101).

Risks associated with creating a new information asset

May 1, 2010
The creation of new information assets (e.g. databases) offers the potential for greater collaboration, efficient work, new discoveries, and accomplished objectives. These benefits often overshadow the risks arising from a lack of due consideration about resource availability, privacy, business continuity, and organizational reputation.

10 in 2010: A chat with Suzanne Rodway

May 1, 2010
In our continuing series to celebrate the IAPP’s tenth anniversary, this month we check in with Suzanne Rodway. As group privacy director for Barclay Bank, Suzanne is responsible for overseeing compliance with privacy, data protection, and freedom of information laws worldwide. Barclay received the HP-IAPP 2009 Privacy Innovation Award in the large organization category for its cross-company approach to privacy. The Privacy Advisor chatted with Suzanne about new privacy challenges and how she’s helping her organization—and others—rise to meet them.

Greetings!

May 1, 2010
Last week's news was awash with stories about Facebook. The media, the blogosphere and others weighed in on recent changes made by the company that result in users' profiles being more "open" by default. Regulators called for change, advocates called for an investigation and users raised eyebrows while others raised funds to build a privacy protective social network that they think will appeal to those currently questioning their presence on Facebook.

What’s a former commissioner to do?

May 1, 2010
Pamela Jones Harbour ended her term as a Federal Trade Commissioner on April 6. In the weeks leading up to her departure she reflected on the changes she has seen during her term, shared some of her plans for the future and discussed how the privacy landscape may look in the years to come. Harbour’s responses to these questions reflect her own views and not necessarily those of the FTC or any other individual commissioner.

Privacy in the online advertising arena

May 1, 2010
If everyone in the online advertising arena hasn't been paying attention to the privacy issues associated with their business, there is reason to assume they soon will be. Recent events have commanded much attention.

Creating a privacy gameplan for your social media strategy

May 1, 2010
The rise of social networks as a marketplace is arguably one of the most important economic phenomena of recent years. Companies seeking to exploit these new opportunities will need a privacy gameplan, however, to meet customer and regulator expectations.

Notes from the Executive Director

April 1, 2010
In a recent Forbes article, Bruce Schneier dismissed claims that the age of privacy is over, asserting that people, even young people, still care about it. What’s different, he said, is that while the privacy attitudes of yesterday were aligned with the notion of secrecy, today privacy is about control. “A privacy failure is a control failure,” he said.

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