Does the RTBF Threaten U.S. Companies?

(Feb 27, 2015) Until recently, it seemed to be a concept that arose solely in the EU. However, late last year a French court, relying on the right to be forgotten, issued an injunction requiring Google to remove allegedly defamatory material linked to a Danish lawyer employed in France from its search engine worldwide. The French court's order raises a significant question of whether a U.S. court would enforce an order, John Stephens and Paul Pittman write in this exclusive for The Privacy Advisor.Full Story... Read More

Net Neutrality Order Could Be Privacy Game-Changer

(Feb 27, 2015) Thursday’s ruling by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) could also have implications for online privacy. The New York Times reports that FCC’s order “includes provisions to protect consumer privacy.” According to the Los Angeles Times, the ruling could be a “game-changer” because it would require ISPs to obtain consent prior to monitoring and sharing of personal information. The Electronic Privacy Information Center’s Marc Rotenberg said, “Potentially, this could apply to every web requ... Read More

FTC Eyes Privacy Issues in Merger Reviews

(Feb 27, 2015) The head of the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Bureau of Competition has said the agency could expand its coverage of merger reviews to include privacy issues, Law360 reports. The expansion is seen, in part, as a result of companies competing on privacy. FTC Bureau of Competition Director Deborah L. Feinstein made the remarks at a conference held by BakerHostetler yesterday. “Privacy could be a form of non-price competition important to customers,” Feinstein said. (Registration may be required... Read More

23andMe Names Kate Black as CPO

(Feb 27, 2015) Personal genetics company 23andMe has appointed IAPP member Kate Black its privacy officer and corporate counsel. Prior to joining 23andMe, Black worked for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the Department of Health and Human Services, and she’s served as health privacy counsel for the Center for Democracy & Technology. “The potential impact that 23andMe can have on both individual health and the entire healthcare industry is profound,” Black said. “... Read More

Judge May Side With Hulu in VPPA Case

(Feb 27, 2015) In a potentially precedent-setting case, U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler said at a hearing Thursday that she will likely side with online streaming service Hulu in a case that claims the company violated the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA), Courthouse News Service reports. Referencing the case involving Judge Robert Bork's video rental history following his Supreme Court nomination, Beeler said, “It just doesn’t feel like the Bork transmission of personal information.” Plaintiff counsel ... Read More

White House Delaying Cyber-Threat Intel Bill, Senator Says

(Feb 27, 2015) Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), who chairs the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said the White House is not supporting the Senate Intelligence Committee’s cybersecurity information-sharing bill, The Hill reports. A draft of the bill was expected this week, and Sens. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) have been moving to provide some legal liability protections for businesses sharing threat information with intelligence agencies. “The White House is not a support... Read More

Behind the Scenes With the New DAA AppChoices Program

(Feb 27, 2015) On Wednesday, the Digital Advertising Alliance announced an extension of its AdChoices program beyond the desktop. AppChoices, an app consumers can download (with an attendant web page), allows consumers to manage ad preferences one step further, offering the ability to opt out of targeted ads served through apps on mobile devices. For example, consumers can choose not to allow advertisers to target them based on their location. Now, why would a company like xAd, whose very business model invo... Read More

Will Consumer Privacy Bill Undercut FCC?

(Feb 26, 2015) The White House is expected to propose legislation for a consumer privacy bill of rights, and The Hill reports that several House Democrats are raising concerns that the proposal could undermine online privacy. The bill could undercut Federal Communications Commission (FCC) authority in preventing Internet service providers “from using their position in the marketplace to do things like charging subscribers not to have their browsing history data monitored or setting ‘supercookies’ that allow us... Read More

CDT Launches Breach Notification Multi-Stakeholder Effort

(Feb 26, 2015) The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) has announced it is launching a multi-stakeholder effort to find innovative solutions to data breach issues. The Common Ground Data Breach Forum will first meet on March 17 and brings together leaders from the CDT’s Internet Privacy Working Group and the Digital Privacy & Security Working Group. The announcement comes a week after the CDT and law firm Jones Day brought together representatives from government, industry and nonprofit organizatio... Read More

Target Breach Cost $162 Million; Sony Fights for Coverage; National Archives Breached

(Feb 26, 2015) Target has announced the total cost of the massive data breach that hit its systems late in 2013 has reached $162 million, reports. Target said the number would have been higher if it did not have cyber-insurance coverage. In separate news, Sony has asked a New York state appeals court to reverse a “landmark” ruling that freed several insurance companies from covering the Sony PlayStation breach from 2011. Meanwhile, law enforcement is investigating a potential intrusion into the Nation... Read More