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(Feb 12, 2016) It’s been said the eyes are the windows to the soul. But these days, any seemingly nondescript Internet of Things device might be edging them out as the foremost portal to an individual’s deepest secrets. With Fitbits catching everything from heartbreak to pregnancy, could it be that all this data collection means that humanity is one step away from an apocalyptic meltdown, or is it something more benign? In this post for Privacy Perspectives, Courtney Gabrielson, CIPM, discusses how there might be something beautiful in having “something to show” with our most visceral data. Read More

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WP29 lays out 2016 action plan for GDPR implementation

(Feb 12, 2016) Last week, the Article 29 Working Party shared its preliminary assessment of the proposed EU-U.S. Privacy Shield agreement. Lost amid this anticipation, however, was an equally significant announcement from the regulatory collective's head, Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, regarding the group's action plan for the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation. In this report for The Privacy Advisor, Jedidiah Bracy, CIPP/E, CIPP/US, shares commentary from Falque-Pierrotin during last week's presser and looks into Thursday's official release by the WP29 of its four action plan items, which include the establishment of a European Data Protection Board, preparation for a one-stop shop and consistency mechanism, guidance for controllers and processors, and the creation of an online communication tool around the EDPB and GDPR. Read More

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ACLU publishes updated privacy guide

(Feb 12, 2016) The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California announced its publication of the third edition of “Privacy and Free Speech: It’s Good for Business,” the organization reports on its website. The guide includes “more than 100 case studies and cutting-edge recommendations on everything from privacy policies to security planning to community speech standards,” the report states. “By following some pretty simple steps to incorporate privacy and free speech protections into products, businesses can make their services user friendly and avoid costly mistakes,” the report continues. “As the primer illustrates, doing so is not just good on principle — it’s good for business, too.” The primer is available for free online. Read More

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Judicial Redress Act heads to president for approval

(Feb 12, 2016) Congressional supporters of the Judicial Redress Act believe that President Obama will receive it as warmly as the House and Senate did, The Hill reports. “As this bill heads to President Obama's desk, I'm optimistic that it will be signed into law, completing a critical agreement with our allies and securing a safer future for the United States," said the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis. The Senate version of the act, which passed in the House yesterday, is concerned with allowing EU netizens to contend U.S. misuse of their data, the report states. Read More

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Berlin elects new data protection authority

(Feb 12, 2016) Attorney Maja Smoltczyk has been elected as the new Berlin Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, replacing Alexander Dix, who has been serving since 2005, attorneys from Squire Patton Boggs report in a Lexology update. Before her appointment, Smoltczyk served as a research assistant at the European Parliament and has been an official in the higher public administration of Berlin. According to the Lexology update, “She considers her task to be defending the right to informational self-determination in a period of major societal changes.” The commissioner’s office released a more detailed press release on the newly elected DPA (in German). Read More

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Germany welcoming Dropbox

(Feb 12, 2016) Dropbox announced Thursday that it will be “hosting data” from German users, eWeek reports. The company also disclosed plans to open a German office as part of what company Global Vice President of Sales Thomas Hansen calls part of the organization’s plan for “deploying data infrastructure in Europe in 2016,” adding that “doing this will increase the trust and security protection for European customers, especially as discussions around new EU-U.S. data movement laws continue,” the report states. Read More

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Laptop thief “potentially” puts 30,000 Seim Johnson clients’ data in danger

(Feb 12, 2016) Auditing organization Seim Johnson disclosed that a laptop with malfunctioning encryption software was stolen, “potentially” putting the data of more than 30,000 patients at risk, HealthITSecurity reports. Usernames, patient identifier and medical record numbers and in some cases, Social Security numbers are thought to be at risk, the report states. Company officials maintained that the “potentially impacted” were notified, but that there has not yet been any activity that suggests the data have... Read More

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Dstillery uses Iowa caucus data to paint voter picture

(Feb 12, 2016) In a Marketplace report, “data intelligence” and targeting ad firm Dstillery CEO Tom Phillips discusses how the organization employed data analysis technology to find correlating voter traits from participants in the Iowa caucus. “We watched each of the caucus locations for each party and we collected mobile device ID's," Phillips said. "It's a combination of data from the phone and data from other digital devices." The result? "NASCAR was the one outlier, for Trump and Clinton," Phillips said. "In Clinton's counties, NASCAR way over-indexed." While Dstillery has only taken a look at Iowa voters, it “anticipates compiling voter data in other primaries” depending on candidate interest, the report states. Read More

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James Woods tries to unmask anonymous Twitter user

(Feb 12, 2016) The New York Times reports on a legal feud between actor James Woods and an anonymous Twitter user who Woods alleges defamed his character and tarnished his reputation. As a result of the tweet, Woods is suing the user only known as Abe List (@abelisted) for calling him a “cocaine addict” in a tweet last July. Plaintiffs argue that the tweet was an attempted statement of fact and are seeking $10 million. Up to this point, the Twitter user has remained anonymous, but that might soon change. Judge... Read More

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President Obama embraces the privacy profession

(Feb 11, 2016) With Tuesday’s executive order establishing a Federal Privacy Council, President Obama — who a year ago visited the Federal Trade Commission to give remarks about privacy, who submitted comprehensive consumer privacy legislation to Congress, and who tasked his most senior advisor John Podesta with examining the privacy implications of big data — continued his trailblazing path in privacy policymaking. The IAPP’s CEO and President, J. Trevor Hughes, CIPP, and VP of Research and Educat... Read More

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