A simple guide to EU privacy

July 1, 2010
How can data privacy requirements in the European Union be a driver for data privacy initiatives worldwide? What does it mean to have a Data Privacy Directive for EU member states, and how does this really work in practice? There are no privacy directives worldwide that really match that of the European Union. The Data Protection Directive facilitates harmonization of member states’ laws in providing consistent levels of protections for citizens and ensuring the free flow of personal data within the European Union.

Surveilled: Scenes from South Africa

July 1, 2010
Scenes from IAPP Privacy Certification Training in South Africa

10 in 2010: A Chat with Jonathan Fox

July 1, 2010
In our continuing celebration of the IAPP’s tenth anniversary, the Privacy Advisor talks with eBay’s global privacy director, Jonathan Fox. Jonathan became an IAPP member in 2003 and serves as co-chair of the San Francisco KnowledgNet chapter. He has been immersed in consumer privacy issues for a decade, co-founding Sun Microsystem’s Privacy Council in 2000 and co-authoring its Information Technologies Policies for Privacy Compliance, Data Stewardship Guidelines for Privacy, and its Privacy Impact Assessment.

Greetings!

June 14, 2010
If user data is the currency of the information economy, then where are the banks? That's the question posed by the founder of a product innovation company that is exploring the potential of data banking as a business model for the Web.

Valuing, protecting and commoditizing your personal information: Is “data banking” the answer?

June 14, 2010
If user data is the currency of the information economy, then where are the banks? That's the question posed by the founder of a product innovation company that is exploring the potential of data banking as a business model for the Web. Read more in this month’s edition of Inside 1to1: Privacy.

Qwest unveils privacy policy updates for consumer feedback

June 14, 2010
On a quest for customer feedback, one telecommunications provider has opened its revised privacy policy for comment before launching. Learn what led Qwest to engage customers in the revision.

Notes from the Executive Director

June 1, 2010
Let no one say that our world is getting less complex. Our June delegate tour through Europe revealed quite the opposite.

Ubiquitous biometrics

June 1, 2010
At a recent biometrics conference, Dr. Myra Gray, the director of the Department of Defense Biometrics Task Force, discussed the impending arrival of “ubiquitous biometrics.“ She emphasized that biometrics are being widely used for national security, physical access control, and individual identification for countless types of transactions. As this particular conference was focused on implementation of Homeland Security Directive 24 mandating interoperability between certain governmental biometric systems, she and others spoke of the value of ubiquitous biometrics for national security and everyday conveniences.

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.

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