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United States Privacy Digest | Notes from the IAPP Publications Editor, March 23, 2018 Related reading: New for PSR: 'Strategic Privacy by Design'

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Greetings from Portsmouth, NH!

IAPP HQ is abuzz right now with final preparations for next week's Global Privacy Summit. A huge swath of IAPP staff will be making their way down to Washington this weekend to set up our biggest event. And there's lots to look forward to.

Of course, our largest event comes on the heels of one of the most compelling privacy news stories in quite some time. It's almost impossible to not see a new angle or breaking news story related to the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica revelations. I've been trying to round up the latest developments each day this week, but some new angle seems to break just as we publish. 

Here on the publications team, we've been talking a lot about what this incident means for the privacy profession.

Citigroup Senior VP and Assistant General Counsel Amanda O'Keefe tackled one huge issue involving the monitoring and enforcement of commitments made by third-party vendors. In a Privacy Perspectives post this week, she wrote: "Though few companies have the trove of personal data that Facebook has, most companies do collect personal data, and then share that data with third parties for various reasons. Data processing, analytics, and storage in furtherance of the ordinary course of business often seem innocuous enough, and common contract terms limit the third party's use of the data in proportion to the nature of the data and use purpose. But are we being too lax in determining proportionality, and thus missing significant risks?" 

Do privacy offices have enough resources to police and enforce their third-party contracts? Will this put more scrutiny on organizations that audit contracts? What effect will these revelations have on research involving personal data? Will Capitol Hill respond with new regulation of social networking platforms? According to Mark Zuckerberg, he even believes the platform could use some advertising regulation. Will there be new rules on how political campaigns can use personal information?

What are some of the other issues you're thinking about in the wake of this developing story? We'd love to know. 

Unlike some privacy news, this story has legs and it looks like there's going to be more fallout as we move forward. What will this mean for enforcement of the EU General Data Protection Regulation? Will this put even more scrutiny on Silicon Valley companies come May 26? According to U.K. Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham, her investigation involves as many as 30 organizations, so it looks like more shoes will likely drop. 

A video of an interview between Walt Mossberg, Kara Swisher and the late Steve Jobs dating back to 2010 has been circulating on Twitter recently (we're featuring it below). Jobs specifically discusses his philosophy of privacy at Apple in light of other Silicon Valley company practices. It has a prescience to it that makes for interesting viewing here in 2018.  

Regardless of what finally shakes out of this story, it will make for compelling conversation next week at the Summit, that's for sure. In addition to hearing about your thoughts on these revelations, I also look forward to hearing about the other things you're focused on and concerned about. And, hey, if you're looking for a practical session on operationalizing privacy technology, I'll be moderating a breakout session next Tuesday from 2-3 pm. It's a great panel, and I'm looking forward to our conversation. If you're interested, hope you can make it! 

Hope to see many of you next week in Washington!

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