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(May 27, 2016) This episode of The Privacy Advisor Podcast features Khiara Bridges, who's a law professor at Boston University's School of Law. Bridges discusses the ways in which race and class change privacy rights. Based on 18 months of research she did at a lower-Manhattan hospital studying the experiences of pregnant women applying for Medicaid, Bridges says, in the interest of protecting children, the state asks questions about women’s histories with intimate violence, sexual abuse, drug use or abuse. Whereas the only information relevant to health care providers for wealthier women is how they pay their bills. "Poor people just don't have the ability to avoid state involvement, state interrogation, and state surveillance in the same way that wealthier folks can,” she says. Read More

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Is Brazil poised to get a data protection law?

(May 27, 2016) "The discussion about a General Data Protection law in Brazil did not start recently. However, the conditions toward its approval have never been so favorable,” write Bruno Bioni and Renato Monteiro for Privacy Tracker. An interactive timeline follows the steps the country has taken to get to this point, noting, "After almost six years, two public consultations and one day before being suspended from office due to an impeachment process, President Dilma Rousseff sent to Congress the Draft Bill on Personal Data Protection, which was transformed into the House of Deputies Bill 5276/2016 and will follow a shortened legislative procedure after being attributed to a constitutional urgency regime.” (IAPP member login required.) Read More

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Web conference: Choice and consent

(May 27, 2016) Keeping your data governance practices in line with your privacy policy commitments is increasingly difficult given the rapid evolution of communications technologies. This Aug. 11 Web conference, “Choice and Consent,” will cover topics such as how to govern your websites’ and mobile platforms’ use of various technologies for collecting and sharing data. Speakers will also discuss the legal implications of various governance decisions regarding data-collection and data-sharing technologies. Read More

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ECPA reform faces peril with new surveillance amendments

(May 27, 2016) The Senate Judiciary Committee heldover a markup of legislation Thursday that would reform the 30-year-old Electronic Communications Privacy Act after some senators offered new last-minute amendments, Reuters reports. Privacy advocates are concerned the new provisions would effectively kill the reform. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, introduced an amendment that would increase the FBI’s authority to use National Security Letters to acquire metadata from email providers. Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Mike Lee, R- Utah, agreed to postpone the legislation to review the proposed amendments. Read More

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Obama releases final privacy framework for Precision Medicine Initiative

(May 27, 2016) The White House announced Thursday the release of the final Data Security Policy Principles and Framework for its Precision Medicine Initiative. The framework is based on the administration’s cybersecurity framework and creates data security expectations and a risk-management approach for organizations taking part in the initiative. All federal PMI agencies will also integrate the framework across all PMI activities. President Barack Obama said, “We’re going to make sure that protecting patient privacy is built into our efforts from day one.” Read More

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Secret Service officials disciplined for violating congressman’s privacy

(May 27, 2016) NBC News reports 41 Secret Service officials have been disciplined for accessing the sensitive personal data of a “prominent congressional critic.” Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced the news Thursday, saying one employee has already resigned while others received a range of punishments from a note in their personnel files to as much as 45-day suspensions without pay. House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, has been a vocal critic of the Secret Servi... Read More

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ACLU joins Microsoft’s challenge to DoJ gag orders

(May 27, 2016) The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a motion to join Microsoft’s challenge to the Justice Department’s use of gag orders that prevent companies from telling users when the government is demanding access to their data, USA Today reports. “A basic promise of our Constitution is that the government must notify you at some point when it searches or seizes your private information,” said ACLU Senior Staff Attorney Alex Abdo. “Notice serves as a crucial check on executive power, and it has be... Read More

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LinkedIn sends out breach notification emails

(May 27, 2016) Users of LinkedIn likely received breach notification emails from the social network earlier this week, Fortune reports. The emails come four years after a 2012 hack of the service in which millions of passwords and usernames were accessed. The incident was widely reported in 2012, but came back into the spotlight last week with news that 117 million email and password combinations — significantly more than the 6.5 million originally reported in 2012 — were for sale on the Dark Web. “While we do all we can, we always suggest that our members visit our safety center to learn about enabling two-step verification, and implementing strong passwords in order to keep their accounts as safe as possible,” the email stated. Read More

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IG auditors concerned OPM still weak on data protection

(May 27, 2016) Nearly a year after the Office of Personnel Management’s large-scale breach, auditors from the agency’s Office of the Inspector General expressed concern that OPM’s data protection procedures weren’t secure enough, The Washington Post reports. “We continue to believe that there is a very high risk that the project will fail to meet its stated objectives of delivering a more secure environment at a lower cost,” the auditors said. Meanwhile, the Electronic Privacy Information Center urged OPM to c... Read More

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Facebook to begin sending targeted ads to nonusers

(May 27, 2016) In an attempt to grow its online ad network, Facebook will display ads to consumers who do not have accounts with the social media network, The Verge reports. Facebook plans to reach nonmembers through cookies, “like” buttons, and plug-ins on third-party sites, according to The Wall Street Journal. While Facebook says its new method will better serve relevant ads to nonusers, European regulators have cited privacy concerns in their criticism of the practices. Facebook feels they are in a great p... Read More

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