While many in the U.S. may have had abbreviated work schedules last week to observe the Thanksgiving holiday, the privacy world was anything but quiet, with everything from Safe Harbor developments to the announcement of an interim privacy commissioner in Canada making headlines. The biggest news leading up to Thanksgiving was the European Commission’s release of its report on EU-U.S. data flows, including 13 recommendations to the U.S. to improve Safe Harbor by the summer. This exclusive for The Privacy Advisor includes commentary on the report from FTC Commissioner Julie Brill, Dutch MEP Sophie in ‘t Veld and Covington & Burling’s Henriette Tielemans. In other news, the Center for Democracy & Technology’s Justin Brookman weighed in on recent reports about a smart TV collecting and sharing user data; the UN passed a resolution on unlawful surveillance originally proposed by Brazil and Germany, and U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh dismissed a lawsuit accusing Apple of not complying with the privacy promises it makes to iPhone and iPad users.
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