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(Sep 27, 2016) At the inaugural Emerging Privacy & Security Technologies Tech Fair, in the Privacy. Security. Risk. exhibit hall, six startups had their wares on display for attendees to examine. When the dust cleared, Israel-based Prifender came away with the title belt. IAPP Staff Writer Ryan Chiavetta talks with CEO Nimrod Luria about his company’s technology, how it solves problems for CPOs, and his experience at P.S.R. for Privacy Tech. Read More

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Summit call for proposals closes Sunday

(Sep 27, 2016) The IAPP Global Privacy Summit takes place in Washington this April, yet again looking to bring together more than 3,000 privacy professionals from around the globe. With keynotes like Rebecca Skloot (“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”), Tristan Harris (Time Well Spent) and Rabia Chaudry (“Adnan’s Story,” and “Serial”) already in place, the event promises to be thought-provoking and vital to the day-to-day work of the privacy pro. Want to be a part of it? Our call for proposals ends Sunday. Get your proposal for a breakout session in now. Read More

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GDPR Top 10 webcon recording available

(Sep 27, 2016) Have you grabbed the IAPP’s free e-book, The Top 10 Operational Impacts of the GDPR, yet? Looking for more? The IAPP releases today the recording of last week’s web conference discussing these 10 hot topics, featuring Fieldfisher Partner Phil Lee, CIPM, CIPP/E, Covington & Burling Partner Jetty Tielemans, and Intel Group Counsel for IT Daniel Christensen, CIPM, CIPP/US, CIPT. Hosted by the IAPP’s Privacy Bar Section, this program boils down the 200-page General Data Protection Regulation into those points most likely to change the way you currently operate your privacy program. Read More

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FPF receives grant to create privacy research network

(Sep 27, 2016) The Future of Privacy Forum announced it has received a $300,000, two-year grant from the National Science Foundation to create a Privacy Research and Data Responsibility Research Coordination Network. The goal of the network is to produce academic researchers and industry practitioners to back research priorities for the National Privacy Research Strategy. The grant will allow FPF to discuss the RCN with numerous privacy professionals, including chief privacy officers and civil rights advocates... Read More

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DPC of Hamburg to Facebook: Stop using WhatsApp to collect data

(Sep 27, 2016) The Hamburg Data Protection Commissioner Johannes Caspar has asked Facebook to stop using German data gleaned from WhatsApp, Bloomberg Technology reports. He also requested the company delete the data it currently has, as there’s “no legal basis for Facebook to use information of WhatsApp customers,” the report states. “This order protects the data of about 35 million WhatsApp users in Germany," Caspar said. "It has to be their decision as to whether they want to connect their account with Facebook,” Caspar said. “Therefore, Facebook has to ask for their permission in advance. This has not happened." Facebook countered that it complies with European data protection laws and is “open to working with” Hamburg privacy officials to remediate concerns. Read More

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Senator calls for SEC investigation into Yahoo

(Sep 27, 2016) In a letter to Securities and Exchange Commission Chairwoman Mary Jo White, co-founder of the Senate Cybersecurity Caucus Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., has called for an SEC investigation into whether Yahoo properly notified investors after its large-scale breach, SFGate reports. In his letter, Warner questions why Verizon took so long to inform customers and Verizon Communications, which is in the midst of an acquisition deal with Yahoo, of the breach after discovering it. “A breach of the magnitude... Read More

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Study: Researchers find privacy policies lack privacy considerations

(Sep 27, 2016) German third-party testing laboratory the AV-Test Institute has criticized privacy policies in a new study. It argues companies have too much access to the personal information of users, FedScoop reports. "In almost every privacy policy examined, the manufacturers presume a vast number of access rights to data that should not be necessary for using a security software application," AV-Test Institute’s study states. Some policies called for access to biometric data. While the AV-Test Institute’s CEO Andreas Marx didn’t want to specify which policies asked for what, he did say that the average policy is 12 pages and most were composed of “impenetrable jargon,” the report states. He added that the study’s feedback found that some companies were working to improve their policies. Read More

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ACLU launches police transparency initiative as surveillance grows

(Sep 27, 2016) The American Civil Liberties Union of California has announced a “multi-city legislative initiative” to increase police transparency around its surveillance practices, TechCrunch reports. The ACLU began the Community Control Over Policing Surveillance initiative after requesting records from 63 California law enforcement agencies, ultimately finding that 40 percent of the responding groups used social media surveillance tools, “and most of them started using them within the last year” without no... Read More

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Snapchat releases details on video recording sunglasses

(Sep 27, 2016) Details have been released on Snapchat's (renamed Snap Inc.) first piece of hardware, a pair of video sunglasses, The Wall Street Journal reports. The Spectacles' camera allows users to record a 10-second clip from a first person perspective. The camera incorporates a 115-degree-angle lens, wider than a smartphone camera, designed to simulate the eyes’ natural view. All footage taken by the glasses will be sent wirelessly to a smartphone. Spectacles will be released this fall for $129.99. Snap C... Read More

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Messaging apps’ privacy features compared

(Sep 27, 2016) The Wall Street Journal takes a look at the different privacy settings for several messaging apps. The report examines the default settings of WhatsApp, iMessage, Signal, Facebook Messenger, and Google’s Allo app. The comparisons include whether the apps use end-to-end encryption, and other important privacy features. “End-to-end encryption can prevent you from being snooped on, and prevent your personal and private information from being stolen as well,” said American Civil Liberties Union’s Christopher Soghoian. “The reason why some companies like Google and Facebook don’t use this by default is they’re willing to sacrifice your privacy to build features like chatbots and response predictions that aren’t that useful.” (Registration may be required to access this story.) Read More

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