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(Jul 30, 2015) The England and Wales Court of Appeal delivered a decision in April that IAPP VP of Research and Education Omer Tene called “the European Judicial Privacy Decision of a Decade,” invalidating a section of the UK Data Protection Act and establishing affirmatively that “moral damage” is recoverable under privacy law. On Tuesday, however, the UK Supreme Court agreed to hear Google’s appeal of Google v. Vidal-Hall, and the impact of the decision will be wide-ranging. IAPP European correspondent Jennifer Baker has the news for The Privacy Advisor. Read More

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White House To Release Vendor Data Policy

(Jul 30, 2015) The White House will release a new policy that aims to create consistency amongst vendors and their storage of government data, Nextgov reports. “The increase in threats facing federal information systems demand that certain issues regarding security of information on these systems is clearly, effectively and consistently addressed in federal contracts," an Office of Management and Budget notice states. Meanwhile, the Pentagon has chosen Leidos to handle the modernization of its electronic healt... Read More

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Lawmakers Look Into Data Security

(Jul 30, 2015) A House Judiciary Committee hearing examined the deluge of new Internet-of-Things devices that are proliferating in the marketplace and whether government needs to step in with new legislation, Nextgov reports. “The time of the ‘Dick Tracey’ watch is here,” said Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX). As automobiles, transportation systems and other devices increase the amount of data they collect, Rep. Jarrold Nadler (D-NY) cautioned that “unless cities integrate strong security … (they are) vulnerable to attack.” Poe also added that it’s Congress that “needs to set the expectation of privacy” for users. Consumer Electronics Association President Gary Shapiro cautioned against stifling data collection, noting, “There’s so much happening from an innovation point of view.” Read More

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Survey: Execs Consider Cyber-Threats a Top Concern

(Jul 30, 2015) A new survey reveals that three-quarters of executives from U.S. businesses, law enforcement and other organizations, as well as security practitioners, have said they are more concerned about cyber threats this year than they were last year, Fierce Government IT reports. Conducted by PwC, the survey questioned more than 500 individuals. “Heightened awareness and concern are well-warranted,” the report states, noting, “A record 70 (percent) of survey respondents said they detected a security inc... Read More

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Evolving Interpretations of Laws Challenge Businesses

(Jul 30, 2015) Politico reports on the challenges businesses face as EU data privacy rules continue to evolve. Take Bumbee Labs in Stolkholm, for example. The company planned to use mobile phone WiFi signals to access the number of people visiting a city center daily, but Sweden’s Data Inspection Authority in June told it the plan broke privacy rules—despite its use of encryption and other safeguards—and it now must make changes or abandon the project. Spain’s Telefonic, which sells a crowd-tracking system in the UK, dropped plans to sell in Germany following government and public concerns. One law professor says various member states’ interpretation of data protection laws will continue to remain a hurdle. Read More

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New Operating System Brings Cheers and Privacy Concerns

(Jul 30, 2015) With the rollout Wednesday of Microsoft’s new operating system, Windows 10, many praised its new features while others expressed concerns about user privacy, Information Age reports. For those using Windows 7 or 8, the upgrade is free, but some are pointing out that comes with a privacy trade-off, as has been demonstrated in Microsoft’s new privacy policy and services agreement, the report states. Microsoft Deputy General Counsel Horacio Gutiérrez said the company’s new dashboard creates a “straightforward resource for understanding Microsoft’s commitments to protecting individual privacy with these services.” Read More

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Privacy Problems? Fix Them With Communication

(Jul 30, 2015) In the wake of consumer backlash against Uber’s privacy policy and move to 24/7 data collection, the company needs to communicate how it intends to utilize it as well as separate personally identifiable information from “raw sensor data,” Sense360 CEO Eli Portnoy writes for TechCrunch. "Asking for background location isn’t inherently evil, especially if it is used to create a better consumer experience,” he writes. “Now is the time to establish the practices for how best to protect consumer privacy around background sensor data; namely, all apps requesting this data should be upfront about why they are collecting it, provide an easy mechanism for consumers to opt in or out and ensure that the data is never combined with PII data.” Read More

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NetChoice Praises NTIA Facial-Recognition Talks

(Jul 30, 2015) NetChoice, which represents online commerce companies and advocates, has announced it is pleased with the results of the latest National Telecommunications & Information Association (NTIA) facial-recognition discussion, Multichannel News reports. The NTIA discussion aimed to “vet two proposed privacy best practices for facial recognition,” the report states. “Today was extremely productive as a diverse group of stakeholders made clear steps toward establishing facial-recognition technology policies and regulations that foster transparency, control and closure," said NetChoice’s Carl Szabo, CIPP/US. "I think we all agree that companies using facial-recognition technologies should provide people with meaningful control when their facial image data is shared with others,” he added. Read More

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Brady’s Smartphone Privacy “On Solid Ground” for Now

(Jul 30, 2015) Tom Brady’s reported destruction of his personal smartphone before meeting with the NFL’s “Deflategate investigator” Ted Wells was “on solid ground legally,” NECN reports. “The NFL has no power to issue their own subpoena," said defense lawyer Peter Elikann. “They're not a court. They're not law enforcement.” He added. "Smartphones are something that we've never had in history before. Your entire life is on a smartphone: your financial records, your personal photographs, your private romantic communications." The report suggests if the NFL can get a judge to require texts to be produced by Brady’s smartphone provider, “Brady will find he enjoys significantly lower privacy protections than if the government had accused him of a crime and Fourth Amendment search-and-seizure protections applied.” Read More

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Adobe Aiming To Compete on Cross-Device ID Data

(Jul 30, 2015) Adobe is working at its own cross-device ID that would aim to rival such platforms as Facebook and Google, Ad Exchanger reports. The company has begun “actively recruiting co-op members” and has slated a beta release for November. Adobe’s privacy product manager told a group of consumers and partners on a recent conference call, “We are asking permission to use some of your anonymous data to build both a declared graph as well as a stitched graph to help fill in for situations where a consumer might not have signed in on a particular device." But potential participants have cited concerns with how the co-op could conflict with current opt-out systems. Read More

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