Hello, privacy pros.
This week I had the pleasure of (virtually) attending the inaugural meeting of the Australian Society for Computers and Law. It was where I heard Michael Kirby refer to a paper by Professor Peter Leonard, titled "Data Privacy in a Data and Algorithm Enabled World." It is an indictment of notice and consent as a means of protecting privacy rights and a rallying cry for a significant rewrite of privacy law focused less on data and more on human interests of dignity and seclusion. Leonard doesn't merely propose the addition of organizational accountability measures, but also offers a variety of features that could be included in 21st-century privacy laws. They aren't offered as a definitive solution but to stimulate consideration, discussion and action. I encourage you to read the paper and carry the conversation forward.
I recently had the opportunity to take the IAPP's online certification course and exam to become a Certified Information Privacy Technologist. The course materials and exam were completely overhauled over the last year to provide updated content, especially in the areas of privacy by design and privacy engineering. Remote proctoring meant that I was able to take the exam from lockdown at home with a proctor watching me through my webcam. The CIPT materials are relevant for technologists, such as developers, data scientists, architects and program managers, looking to deepen their privacy focus, as well as privacy professionals interested in deeper engagement with technology teams. If you are interested in developing and demonstrating your privacy technology skills, consider the CIPT.
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