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(Aug 30, 2016) The Federal Aviation Administration’s long-awaited small unmanned aircraft systems rule went into effect yesterday. While the rule addressed drone safety, and contained no privacy-specific standards, Lisa Ellman and Jared Bomberg of Hogan Lovells write for Privacy Tracker that the rules have real privacy implications: "These rules, coupled with state and local UAS privacy laws and general rules that prohibit unfair or deceptive acts or practices, peeping Toms, trespassing and nuisance, as well as voluntary industry commitments regarding privacy, provide a glimpse into what the near-term privacy landscape for civil drones looks like.” Read More

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Building a program? Better get your internal audit game right

(Aug 30, 2016) It can be challenging for a business to correctly identify its unique privacy risks and the sufficiency of any safeguards in place to manage those risks. That’s where a well- developed internal-audit function is essential, writes Sara van Spronsen in this exclusive for The Privacy Advisor. “Without the independence, skills and expertise, and cross-border abilities of a well-developed internal audit function, an organization may find itself struggling to provide the necessary substance to back its privacy policy and meet the privacy needs of its customers, vendors and stakeholders,” van Spronsen writes. Read More

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Webcon: PIAs and operationalizing the GDPR

(Aug 30, 2016) With the new General Data Protection Regulation, data protection impact assessments are now ensconced in law. With Circular A-130, the U.S. federal government has mandated privacy impact assessments for government agencies and contractors as well. But how do you make these part of ongoing operations and not simply an annual or one-time event? To answer this question and much more, the IAPP assembled a web conference that is now available free as a recording, “PIAs and Data Mapping — Operationalizing GDPR and Privacy by Design,” featuring speakers from OneTrust, Promontory and Klarna. Editor’s Note: The recording is worth 1.0 CPE credit for those holding CIPP, CIPM or CIPT certifications. Read More

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Google Analytics, Kaltura announce Privacy Shield adherence

(Aug 30, 2016) Google Analytics has announced that as of Aug. 29, it had adhered with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, the company announced in a statement. “From now on, Google has committed to applying the Privacy Shield’s principles and safeguards to EU-U.S. transfers of personal data, by default,” the statement read. Meanwhile, video technology provider Kaltura announced that it was one of the first U.S. companies to comply with Privacy Shield, it announced in a press release. Editor’s Note: The IAPP will be ho... Read More

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Are algorithms ‘Weapons of Math Destruction’?

(Aug 30, 2016) Remember the 2008 financial crisis and the “dark financial arts” that caused it? Cathy O’Neil, Time reports, sees parallels between those calamitous days and the use of big data today. In her new book, “Weapons of Math Destruction,” O’Neil, a Harvard-trained mathematician who used to ply her talents on Wall Street, argues that, the “discriminatory and even predatory way in which algorithms are being used in everything from our school system to the criminal justice system is really a silent finan... Read More

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FTC opens public comment on Safeguards Rule

(Aug 30, 2016) The Federal Trade Commission is asking for public comment on its Safeguards Rule as the agency reviews its rules and guidelines. The Safeguards Rule requires financial institutions to create and maintain comprehensive information security programs for handling customer data. “The FTC seeks comments on a number of questions, including the economic impact and benefits of the Rule; possible conflict between the Rule and state, local or other federal laws or regulations; and the effect on the Rule o... Read More

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Iran begins offering ‘national internet’

(Aug 30, 2016) BBC News reports Iran has finished the first phase of implementing its own “national internet.” The first phase involved allowing users access to e-government services and domestic webpages. The second phase is due out in February 2017, adding domestic video content, with the final phase scheduled for March 2017, introducing more services and providing support for companies involved in international trade. While local Iran reports state user privacy will be upheld, British human rights campaign ... Read More

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FBI sends warnings to states following voter data breaches in Illinois, Arizona

(Aug 30, 2016) The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Cyber Division sent out a “Flash” memo warning state board of election sites to look out for potential data breaches, Ars Technica reports. The warning comes after the Illinois voter registration database suffered a cyberattack possibly exposing the information of 200,000 voters. Arizona was also hit with a malware attack, but no data was stolen in the breach. The FBI memo asked other states to look for similar signs within their systems. The warning comes d... Read More

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Senators ask President Obama to prioritize cyber crime at G20 summit

(Aug 30, 2016) Reuters reports six U.S. senators have written a letter asking President Barack Obama to place a strong emphasis on cyber crime at the G20 summit in China. The letter addresses concerns following the $81 million stolen in a data breach from Bangladesh’s central bank in February. "Our financial institutions are connected in order to facilitate global commerce, but cyber criminals — whether independent or state-sponsored — imperil this international system in a way few threats have," the senators’... Read More

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Hackers attempt to steal data, free fishing ensues

(Aug 30, 2016) Software-as-a-service app Active Network has announced that a hacker made attempts on fish and game application data in Washington, Idaho and Oregon, Data Breach Today reports. While Active Network declined to give specific details surrounding the hack, a spokesman said, “within 15 hours, we conducted a full security sweep and tested and released an update to the three applications to address the reported threat.” The threat appears isolated, the report adds. While the investigation is ongoing, Washington eschewed its licensing fees and allowed “free fishing” until Aug. 30. Read More

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