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(Feb 27, 2017) Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is planning to delay the implementation of the agency’s broadband privacy rules, Reuters reports. FCC spokesman Mark Wigfield said Pai believes all companies in the "online space should be subject to the same rules, and the federal government should not favor one set of companies over another." The move to delay implementation of the data security rules could come as soon as March 2. Analysts consider a temporary stay as the first step toward p... Read More

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Chinese government issues draft security review measures

(Feb 27, 2017) On February 4, the Cyberspace Administration of China issued draft Network Products and Services Security Review Measures for public comment. The measures are follow-on legislation to China's cybersecurity law and bring China one step closer to implementing a security review regime with respect to network products and services. Wei Fan, CIPP/C, CIPP/E, CIPP/G, CIPP/US, CIPM, CIPT, Jason Meng and Mark Zhang analyze the draft for Privacy Tracker, noting that it “emphasizes the supervision during and after the usage of the product and service, to ensure the network products' and services' operational safety.” The article also offers insight on the impact on trade, government authorities and how reviews will be conducted. Read More

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Roundup: EU, India, US and more

(Feb 27, 2017) In this week’s Privacy Tracker legislative roundup, read about the Article 29 Working Party’s new implementation documents for EU-U.S. Privacy Shield agreement. India is launching a National Cybersecurity Coordination Center to monitor cyberattacks. The U.K. Home Office has stalled data collection plans under the new Investigatory Powers law after a European Court of Justice ruling. In the U.S., the Republican push to overturn the Federal Communications Commission’s broadband privacy rules may see a challenge, the House Judiciary Committee Chairman underscored the need for the Email Privacy Act, which is currently stalled in the Senate; two republican senators are proposing a bill to overturn the Cybersecurity Act of 2015; and states are tackling social media access, biometrics and more. (IAPP member login required.) Read More

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Yahoo reveals cybersecurity measures following breaches

(Feb 27, 2017) In a letter to Sens. John Thune, R-S.D., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., Yahoo has disclosed the details of the cybersecurity measures it has taken since sustaining two data breaches in recent years, The Hill reports. “A majority of the user accounts that were potentially affected by the 2014 incident also are believed to have been affected by the 2013 incident,” wrote Yahoo Head of Public Policy April Boyd, the author of the letter. Boyd states Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer doubled the size of the company’s... Read More

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Abagnale: Organizations need to address human error to prevent breaches

(Feb 27, 2017) Security consultant and former con artist Frank Abagnale, who was portrayed in the movie "Catch Me If You Can," has warned about the power of social engineering in perpetrating data breaches, Ars Technica reports. Abagnale discussed why technology alone cannot solve health care’s security issue. Organizations also need to limit the damage caused by employees and human error. Abagnale said, "All breaches happen because people make them happen, not because hackers do it. Every breach occurs becaus... Read More

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Montana considering new biometric privacy bill

(Feb 27, 2017) MediaPost reports Montana is considering the adoption of a new biometric privacy bill requiring companies to receive written consent before collecting, sharing or using biometric identifiers such as faceprints, retinal scans and voice patterns. Photos are not included in the definition of a biometric identifier, unless an organization has gathered the photos with the intent to use them as a biometric data source. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has voiced its support of Montana’s privacy bill... Read More

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Yang: Privacy must be an inherent element to computer code

(Feb 27, 2017) Common computer languages make it difficult for computer programers to protect users' privacy and keep users from truly understanding how these programmers are using their information. As such, privacy must be less of a programming afterthought and instead an inherent element, Carnegie Mellon University's Jean Yang writes in an op-ed for The Conversation. Computerizing privacy settings, instead of relying on programmers to manually code them, is one solution. "We can — and should – develop programming models that allow us to more easily incorporate security and privacy into software," Yang writes.  Read More

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IoT helps some marketers understand what people are really watching

(Feb 27, 2017) TVision is one of many new companies that pay viewers to use their facial recognition technology to measure how audiences are watching different shows, reacting to different advertisements, and engaging with their phone during their shows, The New York Times reports. With tools like these, companies are "just trying to understand where people really are and what they’re doing, what they’re watching, how are they interacting, and ideally after that, how is that changing their behavior or affectin... Read More

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Privacy makes IoT toy innovation difficult, developers say

(Feb 27, 2017) Smart toy developers must walk a "fine line" between technological innovation, protecting children's privacy, and complying with the laws that regulate it, CNet reports. For many toymakers, privacy considerations are a considerable roadblock. "To take smart toys to the next level of engagement and give kids what they want, you have to take data and create an engaging experience that's connected to their friends and based on their persona," said Dynepic CEO Krissa Watry. She added that requiremen... Read More

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Principal publishes names of suspended students in newsletter

(Feb 27, 2017) New York high school principal Caterina Lafergola is in hot water after naming suspended students in a newsletter, which could be a violation of the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act, the New York Post reports. Lafergola said the newsletter was only intended for other teachers, but one parent said everyone in the school can see the newsletter, the report states. Fordham University prof. Joel Reidenberg said if student information is disseminated to others, "it is a violation of FERPA." ... Read More

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