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(Aug 4, 2015) The IAPP Global Privacy Summit is the largest privacy event in the world, bringing more than 3,000 privacy professionals to Washington, DC. If you’d like to speak at the event, now is the time to act. The call for presentations is open, and we’re looking for innovative proposals to challenge, inspire and educate our attendees. Tips for acceptance? Find those here. Need a sample proposal form so you can prepare to submit? That’s right here. We now regularly receive some 500 submissions for about ... Read More

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Coalition Issues Stronger DNT Standard

(Aug 4, 2015) Digital rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation and a coalition of privacy-enhancing companies that includes Disconnect, Adblock, Mixpanel, Medium and DuckDuckGo, have issued a stronger Do-Not-Track (DNT) standard, The Guardian reports. EFF Chief Computer Scientist Peter Eckersley said, “We are greatly pleased that so many important web services are committed to this powerful new implementation of Do Not Track, giving their users a clear opt-out from stealthy online tracking and the exploita... Read More

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Post-Snowden, Cryptography Companies Find Success

(Aug 4, 2015) Entrepreneurs are aiming to provide encrypted email services in the aftermath of Edward Snowden’s U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) revelations, CMS Passcode reports. "The prospect of offering people the chance to encrypt their e-mails was simply amazing. That would mean that NSA surveillance programs would be totally useless," said Felix Müller-Irion, CEO of Lavaboom. “Lavaboom is among the youngest in a new generation of start-ups that are gaining traction in Germany, and to a lesser extent elsewhere in Europe, as a result of the Snowden leaks,” the report states. Tutanota’s Matthias Pfau said, "If just 15 percent of people encrypted their data, we would make it very difficult for NSA to surveil ... the Internet.” Read More

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Navy Tasked With Hiring Vendor for OPM Hack Response

(Aug 4, 2015) The General Services Administration, Department of Defense and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) have put the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) in charge of finding a contractor to provide protection services to the 21.5 million current and former federal employees affected by the OPM hack, Government Executive reports. NAVSEA was chosen because of its history with “awarding large and complex contracts,” said NAVSEA’s Brian Leshak. He also said NAVSEA plans to award the contract by the e... Read More

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DHS Warns of CISA’s Privacy Implications

(Aug 4, 2015) The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has warned that the proposed Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) will “increase the complexity and difficulty of a new information-sharing program” and “sweep away important privacy protections,” NationalJournal reports. DHS Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas made the comments in an official letter to Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), who requested information from the agency. The DHS “letter makes it overwhelmingly clear that, if the Senate moves forwar... Read More

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Shutterfly Wants Suit Dismissed

(Aug 4, 2015) Shutterfly is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the company of “violating a state privacy law by compiling a database of ‘faceprints’,” MediaPost reports. The request responds to a lawsuit filed in June by Brian Norberg, who claims Shutterfly and its subsidiary ThisLife violated an Illinois biometrics privacy law by including his faceprint even though his photo was uploaded by someone else. But Shutterfly wrote in its dismissal motion, filed Friday with U.S. District Court Judge Charles Norgle in Illinois, “Helping a user re-identify his own friends within his own digital photo album does not violate any law.” Read More

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NTIA Drone Talks Begin

(Aug 4, 2015) The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) held its first meeting with stakeholders to discuss best practices for drone usage, Multichannel News reports. The NTIA’s John Verdi explained the goal is to “inform” the technology’s development, the report states. “We are not regulators,” said the NTIA’s Angela Simpson. “We are not developing rules or bringing enforcement actions,” noting that unifying stakeholder perceptions of “common-sense best practices” would permit a “... Read More

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Assistant U.S. Attorney: What To Do After a Breach

(Aug 4, 2015) In an interview with CSO Online, Assistant U.S. Attorney Ed McAndrew shares tips on what organizations should do after a breach has been discovered. Instead of focusing on who’s responsible for the breach, organizations should focus more on data loss mitigation while providing law enforcement with details that may help solve who committed the crime. “The FBI and Secret Service are best equipped and positioned to conduct these national and international cyber investigations effectively and efficiently,” McAndrew said. He added the information that should be collected and given to law enforcement could involve any existing system logs, “SIEM data, IDS, DLP, endpoint data, network and data flow maps” that might provide insights. Read More

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Nymity Names Bermúdez as New Managing Director

(Aug 4, 2015) Nymity has announced the appointment of José Alejandro Bermúdez as managing director of its new business unit in Latin America. Bermúdez served as Colombia’s data protection superintendent and “was instrumental in drafting the Colombian Data Protection Law,” the release states. “I had the opportunity to work with José Alejandro when he was developing the Colombian Accountability Guidelines, and I know that as Nymity's new managing director for Latin America, he and his team will be excellent to ... Read More

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Stingrays in Congressional Crosshairs

(Aug 4, 2015) Privacy-minded members of Congress aim to curb federal use of Stingrays, which function similarly to cell-phone towers, allowing phones within a certain space to connect and unknowingly share information with agencies like the FBI, USA Today reports. "I don't see how you can use a Stingray without it raising very substantial privacy issues," said Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR). "I want police to be able to track dangerous individuals and their locations, but it ought to be done with court oversight under the Fourth Amendment." This summer, the House passed an amendment to the Justice Department’s funding bill to “bar funding for the use of Stingrays without a warrant,” the report states, noting the Justice Department has said it is “reviewing its policies” regarding the use of Stingrays. Read More

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