The All-New IAPP Mobile App Privacy Tool

January 28, 2014
With nearly unlimited niches to fill and a global audience within reach, the mobile app universe can be richly rewarding—but it can also present privacy pitfalls for those who leap before they look. Regulators globally have begun to turn a watchful eye toward the privacy and security practices of mobile apps.

IAPP Asia Privacy Forum Heads to Hong Kong, Singapore this Spring

January 28, 2014
Every indication from the headlines that flooded inboxes and newsstands in the final days of 2013 and the first weeks of 2014 is that privacy will continue to be big news this year in every region of the globe. To continue to meet the needs of privacy pros—those who work for international firms, those who live in specific regions and those who are concerned with the privacy implications of living in an age where data privacy knows no borders—the IAPP is launching the IAPP Asia Privacy Forum, coming to Hong Kong and Singapore at the end of March and early April.

Will the FTC’s Recent Safe Harbor Settlements Quench Europe’s Thirst for Increased Enforcement?

January 27, 2014
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has settled with 12 U.S. companies over charges they let their Safe Harbor certifications lapse but still indicated they were certified. Was the move a response to recent criticism from the EU? The FTC said it’s business as usual. But does it at least indicate more enforcement to follow? Associate Editor Angelique Carson, CIPP/US, examines the implications of the FTC’s actions with insights from experts in the EU and U.S.

A New Handy Guide to Global DPAs

January 24, 2014
DLA Piper has attacked the problem of surveying the world’s data protection laws and regulations with a handy online and interactive guidebook for which they’ve released version 2.0 just in time for Data Privacy Day. Find out where it lives and how it was developed in this feature from Publications Director Sam Pfeifle.

With Rodriguez Tapped for DHS, Who’ll Call the Shots at OCR?

January 23, 2014
News that U.S. President Barack Obama has nominated Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) Director Leon Rodriguez to direct U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has spiked the heart rates of some in the healthcare industry. The shift would leave the OCR director post vacant for the foreseeable future—and at an historic juncture.

EU’s Reding Urging Reform to Move Forward; LIBE Committee Draft NSA Report Leaked

January 8, 2014
EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding has said the proposed EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) must “move full speed ahead,” Bloomberg reports. The clock is ticking on the GDPR with European Parliament elections coming this May. “We have lost too much time already,” Reding said in a prepared statement for a speech in Brussels. Not everyone agrees, however, that the GDPR will move forward. In discussing the two main privacy surprises of 2013, Google Global Privacy Counsel Peter Fleischer wrote on his personal blog, “the old draft is dead…” Meanwhile, after months of inquiry, the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) committee draft report on U.S. National Security Agency surveillance has been leaked. This report for The Privacy Advisor looks at these developing stories and includes commentary from Field Fisher Waterhouse Partner Eduardo Ustaran, CIPP/E.

CES Buzzes With Privacy News

January 7, 2014
With more than 150,000 attendees descending on Las Vegas, NV, the Consumer Electronics Show is the largest event of its kind in the world and is often the venue where electronics manufacturers make their big product unveilings. This year, privacy has more prominence at the event than ever before. In this feature, Publications Director Sam Pfeifle wraps up the big privacy news, from the latest in wearables to biometrics to smart cars and TVs.

ICYMI: Target Fallout Continues; More Breaches Reported

January 2, 2014
Following the breach at Target affecting approximately 40 million consumers, Sens. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Mark Warner (D-VA) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) have called for a Senate Banking Committee hearing to examine whether stronger industry-wide standards are needed and if all necessary actions are being taken to safeguard consumer data against fraud and identity theft. Missouri’s attorney general and a New York assemblyman are also looking into the breach, and a number of consumers have filed lawsuits. Meanwhile, a number of breaches spanning the globe affected healthcare providers, bankers and casino frequenters, among others that include private-texting provider Snapchat, which lost 4.6 million usernames and phone numbers. This roundup catches you up on what you may have missed over the holidays.

Privacy Thoughts for 2014

January 2, 2014
Privacy—the word itself and the concept—got plenty of attention in the media’s end-of-year wrap-ups. Not surprisingly, it got a bit of attention in looks forward to 2014 as well. In this roundup, Publications Director Sam Pfeifle looks at what those opining about the future had to say in the final days of 2013 and at the start of the New Year.

Commercial UAV Use in U.S. Takes Next Step Forward

January 2, 2014
While the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is regulated in various ways across the globe, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) still tightly controls their use in the United States. In this roundup, Publications Director Sam Pfeifle reviews some of the top headlines on the use of UAVs from the holiday season.

Federal Courts at Loggerheads in NSA Surveillance Cases; Snowden Disclosures to Continue in 2014

January 2, 2014
The tail end of 2013 brought with it continued news and reaction to the disclosures of the U.S. National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance programs by former contractor Edward Snowden. Perhaps most significantly, a U.S. federal judge on Friday December 27 ruled the NSA’s bulk collection of metadata on phone calls was legal. The ruling came less than two weeks after another federal judge came to virtually the opposite conclusion. In this roundup, we gather together the major developments and opinion stemming from Snowden’s disclosures and what may lay ahead in for the NSA in 2014.

The Year’s Top 10 Stories in The Privacy Advisor

December 20, 2013
While this may have been the year of Edward Snowden, it’s not surprising here in the IAPP offices to see that the year’s top stories focused on the practical aspects of privacy. But there was quite a bit of news, wasn’t there?

Striking the Balance—Privacy versus Security and the New White House Report

December 19, 2013
The Snowden revelations have had a significant impact on trust in the government, international relations and how we view privacy. On December 18, a Presidential Commission released a report reviewing the government surveillance program in the aftermath of the Snowden disclosures.

Federal Judge Rules NSA Phone Metadata Collection Program Likely Unconstitutional

December 17, 2013
A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. National Security Agency’s phone metadata collection program is likely unconstitutional, Politico reports. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon, an appointee of former President George W. Bush, said the program appears to violate the Fourth Amendment and the Justice Department has not successfully demonstrated that the program has thwarted terrorism. This roundup looks into the ruling and gathers together media reactions.

Ten Years and Two Terms Later, A Look at Peter Hustinx’s Legacy

December 17, 2013
European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) Peter Hustinx’s second five-year term ends this month, and a new leader will soon be appointed. It is worth taking time to note that those who live and breathe European data protection nearly universally agree Hustinx leaves behind both a sterling reputation and an agency that’s evolved into an influential and highly respected supervisory authority since its establishment in 2004. In this exclusive, Angelique Carson, CIPP/US, speaks with Willem Debeuckelaere, Chris Doxsey, Dimitrios Droutsas, Sophie in ‘t Veld, Billy Hawkes, and Christopher Wolf about the legacy Hustinx leaves behind and the shoes his successor will have to fill.

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