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(Jul 26, 2016) Finally, nine months after the invalidation of Safe Harbor, the new EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework is here. Officially passed July 12 and open for self-certification starting Aug. 1, the new framework has many companies on both sides of the Atlantic eager to join in order to minimize legal costs and administrative measures while transferring customer and employee data between the EU and the U.S. In this free pre-recorded web conference, moderated by IAPP Vice President of Research and Education Omer Tene, panelists tackle questions like, will Privacy Shield make things easier? What will change compared to the Safe Harbor framework? What are the practical steps you need to take to certify under the new regime? Read More

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Article 29 Working Party issues statement on Privacy Shield

(Jul 26, 2016) The official group of the EU’s data protection authorities, the Article 29 Working Party, issued a statement on the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield on Tuesday. Though they commend the European Commission and U.S. Department of Commerce, the group still has concerns, particularly with regard to a lack of clarity on automatic decisions in the commercial sector and access by government authorities to EU citizens’ data. “The first joint annual review will therefore be a key moment for the robustness and effi... Read More

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Ethics and the privacy harms of WikiLeaks

(Jul 26, 2016) It’s been a busy week or two for WikiLeaks, with massive data dumps of emails related to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan and, most recently, officials in the U.S. Democratic National Committee. Both leaks appear to be attempts by the controversial organization to expose government corruption and make officials accountable. But in so doing are they violating the privacy of scores of innocent people? In this post for Privacy Perspectives, Jedidiah Bracy, CIPP, looks into the two latest leaks and the corresponding violations of privacy — including the possible exposure of the personal information of nearly every woman in Turkey — to demonstrate the ethical need for weighing the public good against privacy harms, something privacy professionals grapple with every day. Read More

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Which EU DPA should supervise Amazon?

(Jul 26, 2016) The Court of Justice of the European Union is due to give judgment Thursday in what may prove to be one of the more significant data protection cases of 2016. In Verein für Konsumenteninformation v. Amazon, the ECJ is being asked to consider which Member State’s data protection law should apply where goods are sold across national borders but within the EU; for example, in the case goods are sold from a German or Luxembourgish website to an Austrian consumer. In this exclusive for The Privacy Advisor, Denis Kelleher discusses the case and its significance given the implementation of the GDPR. Read More

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DOE, DOJ guidance on FERPA and transgender students

(Jul 26, 2016) The U.S. Department of Education and Department of Justice recently weighed in on the obligations of educational institutions that receive federal funds to provide civil rights protections for transgender students. On May 13, the departments issued a Dear Colleague Letter summarizing these responsibilities and offering guidance on the protection of transgender students’ privacy under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act and Title IX. Michelle Tellock, Ray Li, Jared Bomberg, Maree Sneed and Stephanie Gold of Hogan Lovells write for Privacy Tracker about the guidance and the steps school districts, colleges and universities are required to take to protect transgender students’ privacy including rules around confidentiality, access and the amending of records at the request of parents or students. Read More

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AgeCheq, Inversoft team up for COPPA-compliant user database

(Jul 26, 2016) Inversoft and AgeCheq have joined forces to create a COPPA-compliant user database. AgeCheq’s child privacy management technology will be fused with Inversoft’s Passport user database and management system to help parents better protect their children’s privacy by allowing for parental verification and approval anytime it is needed. "We're excited to work with AgeCheq," said Inversoft CEO Brian Pontarelli. "Privacy has become a very hot topic recently, and we believe parents with younger childre... Read More

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Privacy advocates call for privacy rules following Verizon-Yahoo deal

(Jul 26, 2016) Verizon’s $4.8 billion acquisition of Yahoo has reignited privacy advocates’ calls for privacy rules for internet providers, The Hill reports. The deal comes as the Federal Communications Commission moves toward the final vote for its broadband provider rules. “We certainly agree that this highlights the need to have the FCC continue to move as quickly as possible to finish its rules on broadband privacy,” said Public Knowledge’s Vice President for Government Affairs Chris Lewis. “That’s especia... Read More

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Albany Law School to offer data privacy master’s degree

(Jul 26, 2016) The Albany Business Review reports on a new online master’s program offered by the Albany Law School focusing on cybersecurity and data privacy. Starting in January, students can obtain a Master of Science in Legal Studies degree in cybersecurity and data privacy through the institution. “We developed this program for students across the state, nation and globe to take advantage of our rich history and deep connections in the heart of New York State’s Tech Valley,” said Albany Law School President and Dean Alicia Ouellette in a press release. Read More

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White House to release new cyberattack directive

(Jul 26, 2016) The Wall Street Journal reports on the White House’s impending release of a new directive detailing how the government should respond to major cyberattacks. The new policy aims to end the confusion surrounding the roles agencies play when handling breaches. The policy is a response to the growing number of cyberattacks against U.S. companies, citizens and government offices, while arriving shortly after the data breach against the Democratic National Committee. Lawmakers and U.S. officials have been calling for clarification on cyberattack response protocols following breaches against companies, the State Department, the Office of Personnel Management, and the Pentagon. (Registration may be required to access this story.) Read More

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State Supreme Court to consider the privacy of government metadata

(Jul 26, 2016) In an op-ed for Bloomberg View, Noah Feldman examines the role metadata plays when determining the privacy rights of the government and the public based on a lawsuit currently in front of the New Jersey Supreme Court. The case was brought by Open Government Advocacy Project Chairman John Paff, who has demanded the email logs — their metadata, not content — of government officials under New Jersey's Open Public Records Act. According to Feldman, the "lawsuit in effect asks: if metadata isn't that... Read More

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