It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens Does Not Shy Away from Tough Subjects

February 25, 2014
It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens, a new book by danah boyd, is “easy to read, applicable to the privacy field and full of interesting, well-considered research,” K Royal, CIPP/US, CIPP/E, writes in this review. Royal offers an overview of the book’s eight chapters and considers the relevance of the subject matter for privacy professionals and the general public alike. “I can do nothing less than highly recommend this book” to those interested in privacy or issues affecting teens, Royal writes.

Privacy Law Symposium Delves into the Difficult Privacy Issues of the Digital Age

February 24, 2014
Who’s governing privacy? That was the main question asked at the Maine Law Review 2014 Privacy Symposium on Friday. Implementing public policy to create appropriate levels of regulation and data protection in the Digital Age is a thorny issue with no easy answers, but privacy and legal experts from the U.S. and Europe did their best to flesh out what’s possible and what’s needed in Portland, ME. In all, seven law review papers were presented at the symposium, covering topics as diverse as the privacy issues raised by license plate scanners, the effectiveness of the multistakeholder process and transnational surveillance. This exclusive gives you the lowdown on the event.

Erecting a New Legal Edifice: Christopher Kuner on Transborder Data Flows

February 12, 2014
“Few people personify the field they work in as much as Christopher Kuner. As a lawyer, European-American, academic and professor, and longtime leader of the ICC, Kuner straddles the fault lines of the privacy world with ease,” IAPP Vice President of Research and Education Omer Tene writes in this review of Kuner’s latest work, Transborder Data Flows and Data Privacy Law. Tene examines the wealth of information included in Kuner’s book, suggesting it may “constitute one of the building blocks for a new legal edifice being designed and erected these very days, a regulatory model for a technologically borderless world.”

Target Breach Fallout Persists; PCI DSS Compliance Tough To Maintain

February 10, 2014
A Verizon report has found that a vast majority of companies who achieve compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard annually fail to maintain that status, leaving them exposed to potential breaches and other security risks, Computerworld reports. The report found that 11 percent maintained compliance status between each PCI DSS assessment. Meanwhile, the FBI recently warned retailers that the recent attacks against Target and other brands foreshadow events to come, and a number of brands have announced new breaches.

Letter to the Editor: Brill Clarifies Mutual Cooperation Status

February 10, 2014
Last week, The Privacy Advisor covered Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill’s Twitter chat, in which Brill took live questions on the relationship between the EU and the U.S. on data processing, the use of mobile devices in healthcare and what the web might look like in a cookie-less world, among other topics. In our coverage, we indicated Brill “shut down the idea” of future EU-U.S. collaboration in her response to a question about whether discussion had “evolved” on plans for a mutual enforcement program between the EU and U.S. In this letter to the editor, Brill clarifies the FTC is “engaged in important ongoing dialogues” on enforcement cooperation in various organizations.

NTIA Holds First Meeting on a Facial-Recognition Technology Code of Conduct

February 7, 2014
The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Internet Administration yesterday held the first of a series of meetings aimed at creating a voluntary code of conduct for development and implementation of facial recognition technology. The meeting, which hosted stakeholders spanning advocacy and industry, was primarily a chance for the group, as well as the 100 or so watching the live webcast, to hear from experts on how the technology works, how it’s currently being applied and for what reasons and what it might be capable of accomplishing in the future. In this exclusive, Angelique Carson, CIPP/US, breaks down the most important testimony and summarizes the project’s goals and likely outcomes.

Breaches and Calls for Mandated Data Security Increase

February 7, 2014
The recent breaches of Target and Neiman Marcus and their subsequent testimony in front of Congress this week has been part of a trigger for an increasing chorus of lawmakers and government agencies calling for federal data security legislation. On Thursday, U.S. Federal Reserve Governor Daniel Tarullo joined in by testifying that retailers and companies with customer payments should follow the same obligations as banks to report data breaches. Additionally, a new survey of government employees reveals Congress may be part of the cybersecurity solution, while a Texas-based healthcare system may have been hit by one of the largest data breaches to ever affect an individual hospital. This roundup brings together the latest developments in cybersecurity and data breach response.

FTC’s Brill Does Twitter Chat

February 6, 2014
FTC Commissioner Julie Brill took to Twitter yesterday, taking questions on the partnership between the U.S. and EU on data processing, the use of mobile devices in healthcare and a potentially cookie-less web ecosystem. The full conversation is at #FTCpriv.

Target and Neiman Marcus: We Did All We Could

February 5, 2014

A Record Night of Privacy After Hours Gatherings

January 31, 2014
Privacy pros know that when they gather on IAPP Privacy After Hours nights they are part of something big. This Tuesday night, however, was bigger than ever. More than 500 people that work with data—from all levels of experience, every sector and industry—gathered around the world in more than 30 locations.

What Will the New CPO at NSA Do, Anyway?

January 30, 2014
How will NSA Civil Liberties and Privacy Officer Rebecca Richards, CIPP/US, CIPP/G, do things? While she asked for some time to get up to speed before speaking with The Privacy Advisor, it’s possible to get some indications of the shape of the job, and what Richards will do with it, by looking at how the position has been framed and how Richards has served in the privacy office at DHS.

What’s Bruce Schneier Doing at Co3?

January 28, 2014
Why would an internationally known thinker on security issues leave a gig as chief security technology officer at a large telecom to serve as CTO of a much smaller software company? That was a question some observers might have been pondering when incident response software maker Co3 announced earlier this month that Bruce Schneier was joining the company. In this feature, Schneier answers that question and shares his thoughts on how Co3 can help the security and privacy communities.

The Big News from IAPP Data Protection Congress

January 28, 2014
The IAPP’s recent Data Protection Congress in Brussels proved to be full of robust discussions and even disagreements on the future of everything from Safe Harbor to notice-and-consent to NSA spying. In this roundup, we summarize the most stimulating conversations and presentations, including a showdown between former U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) General Counsel Stewart Baker, anonymous Internet platform Tor’s Jacob Appelbaum, Vodafone CPO Stephen Deadman and Ralf Bendrath, policy advisor to German MEP and Data Protection Regulation Rapporteur Jan Philip Albrecht.

State Attorneys General as U.S. Privacy Regulators—Q & A with Maryland AG Doug Gansler

January 28, 2014
In this Q &A, Divonne Smoyer, CIPP/US, shares insights from Maryland AG Doug Gansler, who has been at the forefront of privacy protection efforts by state attorneys general. In 2013, as president of the National Association of Attorneys General, Gansler’s focus was “Privacy in the Digital Age.” He tells Smoyer, “State attorneys general have long been champions of consumers’ privacy in the physical marketplace, where breaches of privacy are more easily contained,” explaining, “if a company improperly disposes of a file with sensitive personal information a consumer shared, it may only be seen by a few people. In the Digital Age, however, the risks of sharing sensitive personal information are far greater.”

How Baidu Wraps Privacy Into New Products

January 28, 2014
The world’s second-largest search engine, China-based Baidu, is continuing to look at expansion into emerging markets. Whenever it approaches a new market, Global Marketing Director Richard Lee explains, dedication to privacy is part of the company’s communications. He tells Publications Director Sam Pfeifle, “China is actually doing a great deal to keep in line with modern times. … I agree that maybe we at Baidu need to do more to prove that we respect privacy than some Western companies, but we don’t lack those kinds of concepts here in China. We want to keep in line with international standards.”

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