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(Feb 17, 2017) In this episode of The Privacy Advisor Podcast, Jedidiah Bracy, CIPP, discusses his experience at the RSA Conference in San Francisco, California, this week where he spoke on a panel titled, "Encryption and Back Doors: The Line Between Privacy and National Security." Evident both at RSA and via the IAPP's recently released Privacy Tech Vendor Report, Bracy says, a proliferation of vendors have risen to the challenge of helping companies with the complicated and arduous task of protecting data, and the privacy and security worlds are becoming increasingly intertwined.  Read More

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Automating risk assessment

(Feb 17, 2017) Rebecca Herold, CIPM, CIPP/US, CIPT, FIP, estimates she has done hundreds of security risk assessments since she took them on as part of her career path. While performing them, even developing her own methodology to help produce them faster, Herold began to notice patterns emerging. Now, she's brought that depth of knowledge to software developer David Greek to create SIMBUS Risk Management, an automation tool for the privacy and security industry. IAPP Staff writer Ryan Chiavetta talked shop with Herold and Greek for Privacy Tech. Read More

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Study: Anonymous web browsing doesn't mean you stay anonymous

(Feb 17, 2017) A study conducted by Stanford University and Princeton University researchers has found that anonymous browsing data can be frequently tied back to actual identities, The Conversation reports. After having users "donate" their browsing history, researchers attempted to connect the data with their Twitter accounts. "Seventy-two percent of people who we tried to deanonymize were correctly identified as the top candidate in the search results, and 81 percent were among the top 15 candidates," resea... Read More

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Notes from the IAPP Asia Managing Director, 17 February 2017

(Feb 16, 2017) Greetings from Singapore! While our colleagues on the East Coast, U.S., have been enduring heavy snowfalls and below-freezing temperatures, Singapore is enjoying the “cool season” (the dry phase of the winter monsoon), with temperatures below 30 degrees Celsius. It seems, though, that the political climate is steadily heating up. News of a DPRK missile test led to U.S. security briefings taking place in the presence of the Japanese Prime Minister, by smartphone light, on a golf resort terrace ... Read More

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Citizens United In Action pulls ballot after HK privacy commissioner voices concern

(Feb 16, 2017) After warnings from Privacy Commissioner Stephen Kai-yi Wong, Citizens United In Action has suspended an unofficial online ballot for the next Hong Kongese chief executive, citing potential illegal data collection concerns, the South China Morning Post reports. Wong's "strongly" worded suggestions included nixing the Telegram app that the voting platform was constructed on and to halt collecting voters' data "unfairly" via the groups' PopVote app and website, the report states. The ballot had sp... Read More

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Tweet reignites Aadhaar criticism

(Feb 16, 2017) A 3 Feb. tweet from the Unique Identification Authority of India's India Stack account—in an effort to welcome OnGrid to the project—contained a picture showing random people identified on the street with the Aadhaar system, sparking controversy over the system afresh, Mashable reports. India Stack is "an infrastructure through which government bodies as well as private entities could leverage Aadhaar's database of individual identities," the report states. OnGrid is one of 200 companies working... Read More

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Comelec victim of 'physical breach'

(Feb 16, 2017) The National Privacy Commission of the Philippines has announced that the Commission on Elections has experienced another data breach, ABS CBN News reports. The breach was a "physical" one and the NPC had begun an investigation into the matter, NPC Deputy Commissioner Dondi Mapa said. It was unclear if voter information was vulnerable, the report states. This is the second such breach for Comelec, when "at the height of last year's presidential elections, the Comelec Voter Information system was hacked, which prompted the NPC to recommend the filing of criminal charges against Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista," the report states. Read More

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ACM US Public Policy Council releases seven principles to handle algorithm biases

(Feb 16, 2017) The ACM US Public Policy Council released their “Statement on Algorithmic Transparency and Accountability,” including seven principles organizations should follow to address potentially harmful biases stemming from using algorithms. The seven principles include users of analytic systems maintaining awareness of biases arising within their design, institutions maintaining accountability for the decisions they make based on their algorithms, and ensuring all decisions are recorded in case an audit... Read More

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Stonier to chair IAPP executive committee as new members named

(Feb 15, 2017) The IAPP has announced the additions to its board of directors and executive committee for 2017, The Privacy Advisor reports. The executive committee’s roster now boasts former IAPP board of directors Chairman Hilary Wandall, CIPM, CIPP/E, CIPP/US, of TRUSTe; LinkedIn’s Kalinda Raina; and Naspers’ Justin Weiss, CIPP/A, CIPP/US. The committee will be led by its new chairman, Mastercard’s JoAnn Stonier, CIPM, and vice chairman, GE Digital’s Peter Lefkowitz, CIPP/US. Executive committee members ser... Read More

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Private search browser Cliqz acquires Ghostery's consumer biz

(Feb 15, 2017) Cliqz, a Mozilla-backed German startup, has acquired Ghostery's consumer-focused product suite, TechCrunch reports. Ghostery will now revert to its former name, Evidon, and focus on its B2B business, helping enterprises with privacy compliance, especially related to self-regulatory programs like AdChoices. Cliqz, which is currently building its own anti-tracking browser with a built-in private search feature, will take on Ghostery’s anti-tracking browser extensions and mobile apps. The acquisiti... Read More

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