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(Mar 1, 2017) It’s common for professions to have codes of ethics. Particularly learned professions or those where high expertise is required. Think doctors, lawyers, engineers. But one specialized field noticeably does not have a code of ethics: The privacy profession. There’ve been clamors here and there for a professionalized code, and the "Pokemon Go" phenomenon renewed some of those calls recently. But it’s never gotten up off the ground. Part of the reason for that, insiders say, is the field’s diversit... Read More

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Carnegie Mellon seeks orgs to sponsor privacy engineering projects

(Mar 1, 2017) As part of its privacy engineering masters program, Carnegie Mellon University is seeking organizations that want to sponsor 9-week engineering projects with CMU students, starting in either June or September. A team of two-to-five privacy engineering masters students, complete with technical backgrounds, will be assigned to each project, together with a faculty mentor to supervise their work. Organizations are asked to provide a one-page project description, a contact person who will commit to ... Read More

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ACLU to write 'every federal agency' about immigration privacy concerns

(Mar 1, 2017) The American Civil Liberties Union is concerned that President Donald Trump's Jan. 25 executive order contains language that would allow the government to access and release information about non-U.S. citizens, according to an ACLU blog post. As such, the agency said it would write "to every federal agency calling on them to halt any plans they have to implement the order," and has already addressed European Union officials in tandem with Human Rights Watch, the blog post states. The ACLU's conc... Read More

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Survey: Companies losing confidence in their digital intelligence

(Mar 1, 2017) A new survey from PwC reveals that companies are losing confidence in their "digital IQ," or the "ability to utilize technology," The Hill reports. A little more than half the 2,000 global business and technology leaders said their organization harnesses and profits from technology, but that is down from 67 percent last year and 66 percent in 2015. "Respondents say skills in their organization lag across a range of highly important areas, including cybersecurity and privacy, business development of new technologies, and, yes, user experience and human-centered design," the 2017 Global Digital IQ Survey stated. Read More

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Justice Department: Trump's order won't affect Privacy Shield, Umbrella

(Feb 28, 2017) In a letter to the European Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice said President Donald Trump's executive order on illegal immigration will neither affect the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield nor the Umbrella Agreement, Reuters reports. "Section 14 of the Executive Order does not affect the privacy rights extended by the Judicial Redress Act to Europeans," writes Deputy Assistant Attorney General Bruce Swartz. "Nor does Section 14 affect the commitments the United States has made under the DPPA (Umbrella Agreement) or the Privacy Shield." European Commissioner Věra Jourová said that she was "not worried" but "remained vigilant," the report states. Read More

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Breach of smart teddy bear data leaks 800,000 users' info

(Feb 28, 2017) Smart toy manufacturer Spiral Toy's CloudPets database of 800,000 customer credentials and more than two million users' messages was stored for a little over two weeks on an unsecured server and discovered by security researchers and potentially hackers, Motherboard reports. Researchers said that the exposed data has been overwritten twice, the report states. However, the company has not yet publicly disclosed the breach or notified victims. "They were very irresponsible because they had to know... Read More

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New CDT study examines data-deletion 'disconnect'

(Feb 28, 2017) The Center for Democracy and Technology's new research paper, “Should it stay or should it go? The legal, policy, and technical landscape around data deletion," examines the "disconnect" between how companies delete data and how its consumers understand what deletion means, the CDT's Michelle De Mooy writes. While some companies have viewed data removal in the past as unfathomable, now embracing the practice could improve data quality. "As the novelty of big data wears off, companies are faced w... Read More

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Roundup: EU, India, US and more

(Feb 27, 2017) In this week’s Privacy Tracker legislative roundup, read about the Article 29 Working Party’s new implementation documents for EU-U.S. Privacy Shield agreement. India is launching a National Cybersecurity Coordination Center to monitor cyberattacks. The U.K. Home Office has stalled data collection plans under the new Investigatory Powers law after a European Court of Justice ruling. In the U.S., the Republican push to overturn the Federal Communications Commission’s broadband privacy rules may see a challenge, the House Judiciary Committee Chairman underscored the need for the Email Privacy Act, which is currently stalled in the Senate; two republican senators are proposing a bill to overturn the Cybersecurity Act of 2015; and states are tackling social media access, biometrics and more. (IAPP member login required.) Read More

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Yang: Privacy must be an inherent element to computer code

(Feb 27, 2017) Common computer languages make it difficult for computer programers to protect users' privacy and keep users from truly understanding how these programmers are using their information. As such, privacy must be less of a programming afterthought and instead an inherent element, Carnegie Mellon University's Jean Yang writes in an op-ed for The Conversation. Computerizing privacy settings, instead of relying on programmers to manually code them, is one solution. "We can — and should – develop programming models that allow us to more easily incorporate security and privacy into software," Yang writes.  Read More

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How do we honor the dead in the Digital Age?

(Feb 24, 2017) In an effort to make tragedies more visceral, to have their impact felt more readily, news organizations have taken to mining social media and other online resources to create digital memorials. While these humanize what might otherwise move through a newsfeed as a simple count of casualties, IAPP Staff Writer Courtney Gabrielson, CIPM, wonders if the media and others are doing more privacy harm than good with these listicles that boil lives down into publicly available data points. While everyone, surely, should think about how their digital footprint will carry on after they're gone — she argues for Privacy Perspectives — the media and other organizations should also think about their own ethical obligations when they seek to honor and memorialize the dead. Read More

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