For those working in the privacy space, the FTC is a household name. Its enforcement actions and settlements have created a common law framework to which privacy pros turn for the dos and don'ts of consumer interactions, and it's seen as the de-facto cop on the beat in the space. That's why you may be watching closely to see what happens next as the agency anticipates who'll fill the empty seat at the commission's proverbial dinner table, a vacancy that's existed since Commissioner Joshua Wright... Read more
In this week’s Privacy Tracker legislative roundup, read about a bill in Cyprus that would allow police to monitor electronic communications with a court order, the potential effects the Trans-Pacific Partnership will have on trans-border data flows in the Asia-Pacific region and a comparison of privacy-related legal redress in the U.S. and EU. Also, Poland’s data protection authority published guidance on data-transfers to the U.S., post-Safe Harbor, and the Australian government has released a... Read more
The U.S. and the EU will review an agreement to replace the Safe Harbor framework on December 17, Politico reports. The two governments aim to have a replacement framework in place by January, says EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourová. Reuters reports that the European Commission is aiming to involve privacy regulators in drafting the new agreement, according to sources close to the negotiations. The goal is that the new plan would allow EU citizens’ grievances to be filed directly with their na... Read more
In a piece for Yale Journal of Law & Technology, IAPP VP of Research and Education Omer Tene discusses the debate surrounding de-identification. The discussion thus far has generally focused on protecting identity, but that’s distracted policymakers from a central privacy problem in this age of big data, “the ability of organizations to draw highly sensitive conclusions about you without exposing your identity, by mining information about ‘people like you,’” Tene writes. As such, the main pr... Read more
Some healthcare providers are pleased with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ nascent HIPAA Questions Portal as use of the tool grows, iMedicalApps reports. The system allows those in the field to pose questions to HIPAA experts, thus avoiding breaches of protocol. “This is a great resource by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,” said Dr. Iltifat Husain. “I’m even impressed by how the system looks somewhat like reddit—enabling developers to vote on questions so... Read more
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