Breaches. Extortion. Surveillance. There are plenty of stories, on a daily basis, about what is going wrong in the data privacy realm. Stories about positive developments are harder to come by. Yet there are many, many companies striving to do the right thing when it comes to personal data.
Larry Dobrow stumbled across one such company while researching geo-location services last month. As he found out, Loopt's "privacy by design" method for building privacy into the DNA of its mobile social networking platform seems to be paying off.
Privacy by design is a philosophy that has been around for a while and seems to be gaining clout. British Information Commissioner Richard Thomas issued a report on the method last fall, and Ontario's Information and Privacy Commissioner hosted an event in January where some of the world's biggest technology companies convened to reveal their work on privacy-enhancing technologies, key building blocks for incorporating privacy by design.
But even with the best of privacy controls, certain technology makers have fallen short in convincing key stakeholders their products are privacy sensitive. Makers and users of deep packet inspection (DPI) technology continue an uphill march to bring their goods to market, while advocates, lawmakers, and others examine the privacy implications of DPI. This month we are pleased to bring you one of 14 essays on the topic of DPI solicited by the privacy commissioner of Canada from experts worldwide.
I hope to see many of you next month at our Practical Privacy Series event in Silicon Valley.
J. Trevor Hughes, CIPP
Executive Director, IAPP