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(Feb 21, 2017) In just three years, the IAPP's Privacy. Security. Risk. conference, happening this October in San Diego, California, has become a truly unique opportunity for privacy and security professionals to get together and find common understanding. By combining privacy and security operations management, we are able to focus on those policy areas where the critical conversations happen and provide information that both teams can use to do their jobs better. Want in? Our P.S.R. call for presentations ends Feb. 26. Make sure to get your proposal in, whether you're focusing on privacy, security, or both.  Read More

Asia-Pacific Dashboard Digest, Canada Dashboard Digest, Daily Dashboard, Europe Data Protection Digest

Roundup: South Africa, EU, US and more

(Feb 21, 2017) The South African Information Regulator had its first briefing on the country's Protection of Personal Information Act; Australian companies have a year to come into compliance with the country’s new breach notification law; Japan’s Act on Protection of Personal Information comes into force at the end of May; and the EU ePrivacy Regulation proposal continues to be debated and analyzed. In the U.S., lawmakers have introduced the Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance Act, designed to create rules for when agencies can track and access a citizen's geolocation data, and privacy advocates are concerned about potential rollback of Federal Communications Commission's broadband privacy rules. Read about all this and more in this week’s Privacy Tracker legislative roundup. (IAPP member login required.) Read More

Asia-Pacific Dashboard Digest, Canada Dashboard Digest, Daily Dashboard, Europe Data Protection Digest

WP29 releases Privacy Shield rules of procedure and complaint form

(Feb 21, 2017) The Article 29 Working Party has released two forms related to the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield agreement. The rules of procedure for the "Informal Panel of EU DPAs" provides a road map for handling complaints under Shield. "The panel is competent for providing binding advice to the US organisations following unresolved complaints from individuals about the handling of personal information that has been transferred from" the EU under Shield. According to the document, the panel will attempt to provide... Read More

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'Outside Your Bubble' module from BuzzFeed looks to 'de-silo' online content

(Feb 21, 2017) BuzzFeed News has announced a trial of its “Outside Your Bubble" feature, a tool that looks to give users a glimpse beyond their predominant social media circles, BuzzFeed reports. The tool will appear as a module below popular and widely shared stories, giving the reader other perspectives from popular sites around the web, like Reddit, Facebook and Twitter. "Our goal is to give readers a sense of these conversations around an article, and to add a kind of transparency that has been lost in the rise of social-media-driven filter bubbles," the report states. "We view it in part as a way to amplify the work of BuzzFeed News reporters, and to add for readers a sense of the context in which news lives now." Read More

Asia-Pacific Dashboard Digest, Canada Dashboard Digest, Daily Dashboard, Europe Data Protection Digest

Podcast: What went down at RSA?

(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

Asia-Pacific Dashboard Digest, Canada Dashboard Digest, Daily Dashboard, Europe Data Protection Digest

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

Asia-Pacific Dashboard Digest, Canada Dashboard Digest, Daily Dashboard, Europe Data Protection Digest

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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