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(Sep 1, 2015) The following questions probably sound familiar to you: Why should an organization have a privacy program? What is the business value that a privacy program provides? Doesn’t the security department already handle this? The CPO's perspective is key to convincing leadership that privacy can make a significant contribution to business goals whether they are operational goals, compliance oversight, cost reduction measures, business continuity, enhancing the sales process or reputational protection.... Read More

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We’ve Got the Book on 1984; Come See It

(Sep 1, 2015) It doesn’t take more than about 15 minutes of being at the IAPP to realize we have a (somewhat un)healthy obsession with George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984). Between vintage movie posters, warnings that “BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU” and being surveilled by a giant head that once played the part of Big Brother in a theatrical production, it’s something we IAPP-ers have gotten used to (mostly). Well, now we’ve got our hands on a collection of more than 100 different editions of the book, a... Read More

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Ashley Madison Says It’s Still Gaining Users Amidst Privacy Woes

(Sep 1, 2015) As hackers move from releasing Ashley Madison user information to internal documents that shed light on corporate machinations, the site’s leadership says it’s attracting fresh users despite the recent breach, The Globe and Mail reports. “This past week alone, hundreds of thousands of new users signed up for the Ashley Madison platform—including 87,596 women,” Ashley Madison said in a statement. But computer technologists who are analyzing the site’s data made available by the hackers disagree. “They’re saying thousands of new users have signed up in the past weeks—well, yeah, that’s because everyone wants to see the train wreck,” said computer security analyst Troy Hunt. Read More

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Apple iOS9 To Provide Content Blocking

(Sep 1, 2015) More debates around online privacy are likely to emerge in the coming weeks with Apple’s expected release of its new operating system, iOS9, which will include a new content-blocking feature allowing developers to block cookies, images and other trackers, Ad Exchanger reports. Apple is also expected to implement new security and encryption features called App Transport Security, essentially providing HTTPS for apps. The move could have profound effects on the ad ecosystem, the report states. Read More

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Data Localization Enforcement Postponed Until January

(Sep 1, 2015) The Wall Street Journal reports that Russia has postponed the enforcement of a new national law requiring technology companies that handle the personal data of Russian citizens to install data centers within the country’s national borders. The law officially goes into effect today, but Russian regulators have told companies such as Facebook, Google and Twitter they will not check for compliance until January. A spokesman for Russian communications regulator Roskomnadzor said, “We understand that in transnational companies where offices are spread globally, it takes a while to make a decision.” The spokesman also pointed out that Roskomnadzor does not yet have the resources to check that every company is in compliance. (Registration may be required to access this story.) Read More

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Clever’s Privacy Attitude Scores High Marks

(Sep 1, 2015) Student data “middleman” program Clever’s combined privacy vigilance and convenience has enchanted nearly one-third of American schools, with 44,000 different institutions now employing the system, Buzzfeed reports. Teachers are drawn to the program as it prioritizes proper data handling. “Clever allows school districts to monitor what types of student information are handed over to third parties, and to ensure that data is handed over safely,” the report states, adding that it “vets the security and privacy policies of the apps it works with—it says it won’t allow an app to work with it unless it is compliant with federal privacy laws.” Read More

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Shutterfly Suit Progresses with Defendant Response

(Sep 1, 2015) New papers were filed Friday in the case of an Illinois resident suing Shutterfly after his “faceprint” was added to its database without his knowledge. Plaintiff Robert Norberg is arguing that the move was illegal under the Illinois Biometric Privacy Law, MediaPost reports. Shutterfly moved to dismiss earlier this summer, saying the 2008 statute doesn’t regulate faceprints. However, "(b)y Defendants’ logic, nothing would stop them from amassing a tremendous, Orwellian electronic database of face scans with no permission whatsoever so long as the database were derived from photographs," Norberg's team wrote in court filings. "And indeed, that appears to be exactly what they are doing." Read More

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CA Welcomes New Cybersecurity Center

(Sep 1, 2015) Governor Jerry Brown (CA-D) on Monday signed into existence the California Cybersecurity Integration Center, a new agency with a chief goal of protecting the data of state organizations from breaches, CBS Sacramento reports. “The center will serve as a central hub for the state’s online security and coordinate with state departments, federal agencies and tribal governments, utilities and other service providers, academic institutions and non-governmental organizations,” the report continues, adding that the move follows instances of IT non-compliance found by state auditors. Read More

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Russia, China Allegedly Using Data to Blow Covers

(Sep 1, 2015) The U.S. government contends that Russia and China are “absolutely” employing data gleaned from recent hacks to root out American spies, The Los Angeles Times reports. Cross-indexing can indicate "who is an intelligence officer, who travels where, when, who's got financial difficulties, who's got medical issues, (to) put together a common picture," said counterintelligence official William Evanina. This can lead to blackmail, a growing personal- and national-security concern, ZDNet reports. “When you look at it today ... almost 80 percent of (hackers) are in the business for profit," said Disaster Recovery Institute International President Al Berman. Read More

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Banks Lobby Brussels Over GDPR Proposals

(Sep 1, 2015) Several banks are lobbying officials in Brussels over concerns that specific aspects of the proposed General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)—notably the so-called right to be forgotten as well as potential fines of up to two to five percent of global turnover—would make it more difficult for lenders to detect fraud, efficiently extend loans and effectively provide other online services, Financial Times reports. “There’s a huge amount of concern about what it’s going to mean in prac... Read More

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