Greetings!

March 31, 2010
Last month three Google executives were convicted on privacy violations in an Italian court. They were found guilty of failing to comply with Italian privacy law in allowing a disparaging video to be posted online.

As anticipated, the ruling sparked a renewed debate about who is responsible for data uploaded to Web sites. As Google global privacy counsel Peter Fleischer said, the decision raises questions for operators of many Internet platforms.

Time to say goodbye? Choosing to log off—permanently—in a social networking world

March 31, 2010
Social networking. Whether we're tweeting, blogging or answering that now-famous question, "what's on your mind?" it's clear that we enjoy our time online. In fact, the world's largest social networking site, Facebook, recently announced it has an estimated 400 million users. It would seem that this movement to interact socially via computer is only gaining momentum.

The virtues of deleting

March 31, 2010
For millennia, forgetting has been easy for us humans. It's built into the way we work. Biologically, we forget most of what we experience, think and feel every day.

Remembering has required extra effort--a bit of money or time. In the digital age, this has become reversed. Today, remembering is the default, and forgetting the exception--cumbersome and time-consuming.

Easily recording and keeping accessible the information treasures of humankind has tremendous advantages. It increases efficiency, enhances trust and may even help us transcend (at least informationally) one of the most fundamental limitations of our existence: mortality.

Notes From the Executive Director

March 1, 2010
Earlier this month there was a flare up in the debate about whether people care about privacy. Those on both sides of the issue presented their views at events and in the popular press.

The Memorandum of Montevideo

March 1, 2010
The Memorandum on the Protection of Personal Data and Privacy in Internet Social Networks, Specifically in Relation to Children and Adolescents—better known as the Memorandum of Montevideo—was presented in Mexico on December 3, 2009.

The human factor in compliance: best practices from the trenches

March 1, 2010
This article is the first 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

Healthcare privacy in 2010

March 1, 2010
A lot is happening in the healthcare world, with the implications of healthcare reform leading the list. What can we expect to see as the major developments in healthcare privacy and security in 2010?

Asia-Pacific data privacy laws: model corporate privacy principles

March 1, 2010
Corporations that operate in and collect or process personal data in Asia-Pacific countries need to have comprehensive privacy policies addressing these countries’ data privacy laws. Is it possible to create a single policy that achieves such a broad coverage? The answer is yes, but Asia, unlike Europe, does not have broad regional directive requiring member states to enact local data privacy laws conforming to certain principles.

Changes to the European Union E-Privacy Directive

March 1, 2010
The European Parliament approved the long-awaited amendments to the Directive on Privacy and Electronic Communications (e-Privacy Directive) In November 2009. The amendments, which are causing a stir in the world of online advertising, will be implemented in the 27 EU Member States by mid-2011.

French courts clarify rules governing implementation of whistleblowing systems

March 1, 2010
Two recent decisions issued by a French Tribunal of First Instance (Caen Tribunal of First Instance, Interim Decision, 5 November 2009) and by the French Supreme Court (Cour de Cassation, 8 December 2009) have brought whistleblowing and the implementation of ethics helplines in French companies to the forefront of the nation’s conversation on data protection.

New security breach notification requirements under amended E-Privacy Directive

March 1, 2010
The Council of the European Union approved the so-called Telecom Reform Package on October 26, 2009, providing for an overhaul of Directive 2002/58/EC on privacy and electronic communications (OJ L 201, 31.7.2002, p.37) (E-Privacy Directive). It was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on December 18, 2009. The new E-Privacy Directive contains a number of important amendments.

10 in 2010: A Chat with Jennifer Barrett

March 1, 2010
In our continuing series to celebrate the IAPP’s 10-year anniversary, this month we look back at the early days of the privacy profession with Jennifer Barrett. Widely considered the first person to hold the title of chief privacy officer, Jennifer has been heading up privacy efforts at Arkansas-based databroker Acxiom Corp for almost 20 years.

THE YEAR AHEAD: PRIVACY PREDICTION 2010

January 1, 2010
At the end of each year, the Privacy Advisor polls professionals worldwide to find out what they see in the year ahead for privacy and data protection. In this first issue of 2010, we present their forecasts. We begin with that of Canadian Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart.

Managing global data privacy

January 1, 2010
Successive revolutions in information technology raise new challenges, risks, and opportunities for consumer privacy protection. Perhaps the most basic question is how these new technologies are changing the actual practices of companies in processing personal information. After all, emerging technologies can make legal regulations obsolete or out-of-date. The consequences can be ineffective regulation and a waste of corporate resources without meaningful protections for consumer privacy.

Privacy and pandemic planning: a few prudent considerations for organizations

January 1, 2010
As the international community readies itself for a second wave of the H1N1 flu pandemic, wise organizations are brushing off their business continuity plans (BCPs) and reviewing their applicability to a different kind of threat. Unlike traditional business continuity or disaster recovery planning, pandemic planning requires management for a prolonged but unidentified period of time rather than for the single risk event that traditional business continuity planning tends to focus on.

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