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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 Canada Managing Director, February 17, 2017

(Feb 17, 2017) I’m probably going to use this space at least twice this year to remind you about the Symposium, coming up in May. Registration is now open. Check out the site; the entire program is there. You’ll see that we have lined up the best program in the Symposium’s 10-year history (that's right, it's our 10th anniversary!). I bet the next time I write about the Symposium will be to announce that it is sold out. Why am I mentioning this now? Because I don’t want you to be that person who sends me a p... Read More

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British Columbia Premier Clark: We'll fire anyone involved with breach

(Feb 17, 2017) A breach of PharmaNet, the system used to track information regarding prescription drugs, has British Colombia's Premier Christy Clark "profoundly disturbed," Global News reports. With 7,500 citizens affected, Clark said, “If anyone in the government, anyone in the employ of the public service, anyone who gets their fees from the government is found to be responsible for this, they will be fired immediately." The issue, uncovered by a vendor contracted to identify unusual activity in the system,... Read More

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Data breach reporting expected to 'skyrocket' in 2017

(Feb 17, 2017) Following the Canadian government passing the Digital Privacy Act and the Canadian Securities Administrators taking measures to ensure businesses are more transparent about their cybersecurity practices, the number of reported data breaches is expected to skyrocket in 2017, CBC News reports. The changes will result in companies not only having to disclose the incidents after they happen, they must also disclose specific risks potentially leading to other data breaches in the future. KPMG's Kevvie Fowler said the increased reporting in data breaches will likely result in more companies facing lawsuits, but the transparency could also lead to stronger efforts to protect data and fewer data breaches in the long term.  Read More

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PACC president criticizes Alberta Education's use of FOIP

(Feb 17, 2017) The president of the Privacy Access Council of Canada criticized Alberta Education for refusing to release the names of the individuals making up curriculum working groups, stating it is a misuse of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, Metro News reports. Education Minister David Eggen said the hesitation to release the names comes from a fear the individuals will suffer from “political attacks,” but PACC officials are not buying the rationale. “That’s a perverse interpretat... 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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