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(Feb 22, 2017) During last week's RSA Conference in San Francisco, California, IAPP President & CEO J. Trevor Hughes, CIPP, gave a featured presentation on the history and future of privacy. "I want to share with you how central privacy is to the human condition and how important privacy is to those fundamental human rights that we all hold so dear," he said during his opening remarks. In addition to charting out the future of privacy, Hughes uses art as a vehicle because, by doing so, "it opens up your ability to understand the complexity of this issue," he said. Starting with the apple first eaten by Adam and Eve all the way through to the modern tech giant, Apple, and its privacy battle with the FBI, Hughes lays out a nuanced way of understanding the complex and changing notions of privacy in society.  Read More

Asia-Pacific Dashboard Digest, Canada Dashboard Digest, Daily Dashboard, Europe Data Protection Digest

What makes a great DPA?

(Feb 22, 2017) The global population of privacy and data protection regulators is understandably diverse. Some data protection agencies are still in their infancy, established by brand-new laws. Others have robust histories of enforcement and deep, experienced staffs. But what makes a regulatory agency effective? Is it experience, approach, philosophy, the law that creates it? Such are the questions explored in a new report authored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Hunton & Williams, "Seeking Solutions: Attributes of Effective Data Protection Authorities." The 40-page white paper identifies seven key traits that effective DPAs share and offers examples of how those traits play out in the real world.  Read More

Asia-Pacific Dashboard Digest, Canada Dashboard Digest, Daily Dashboard, Europe Data Protection Digest

RSA presentation: The New Technological Approach to Privacy

(Feb 22, 2017) For years a place of policy and law, privacy is entering its next evolutionary phase, with technological approaches and solutions. In order to operationalize privacy, and help it work side by side with cybersecurity, organizations need frameworks and tools that allow for controls and automation. These are under rapid development. Further, privacy understanding is working its way deeper into the cybersecurity community and efforts to protect personal information are now infused with an understand... Read More

Asia-Pacific Dashboard Digest, Canada Dashboard Digest, Daily Dashboard, Europe Data Protection Digest

PSR call for presentations deadline approaching

(Feb 21, 2017) In just three years, the IAPP's Privacy. Security. Risk. conference, happening this October in San Diego, California, has become a truly unique opportunity for privacy and security professionals to get together and find common understanding. By combining privacy and security operations management, we are able to focus on those policy areas where the critical conversations happen and provide information that both teams can use to do their jobs better. Want in? Our P.S.R. call for presentations ends Feb. 26. Make sure to get your proposal in, whether you're focusing on privacy, security, or both.  Read More

Asia-Pacific Dashboard Digest, Canada Dashboard Digest, Daily Dashboard, Europe Data Protection Digest

Roundup: South Africa, EU, US and more

(Feb 21, 2017) The South African Information Regulator had its first briefing on the country's Protection of Personal Information Act; Australian companies have a year to come into compliance with the country’s new breach notification law; Japan’s Act on Protection of Personal Information comes into force at the end of May; and the EU ePrivacy Regulation proposal continues to be debated and analyzed. In the U.S., lawmakers have introduced the Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance Act, designed to create rules for when agencies can track and access a citizen's geolocation data, and privacy advocates are concerned about potential rollback of Federal Communications Commission's broadband privacy rules. Read about all this and more in this week’s Privacy Tracker legislative roundup. (IAPP member login required.) Read More

Asia-Pacific Dashboard Digest, Canada Dashboard Digest, Daily Dashboard, Europe Data Protection Digest

Article 29 Working Party still concerned with Windows 10 privacy settings

(Feb 21, 2017) Reuters reports the Article 29 Working Party is still expressing concerns about the privacy settings within Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system. The Working Party’s questions come a year after the group wrote to Microsoft voicing concerns with Windows 10’s default installation settings. "In light of the above, which are separate to the results of ongoing inquiries at a national level, even considering the proposed changes to Windows 10, the Working Party remains concerned about the level of ... Read More

Daily Dashboard, Europe Data Protection Digest, Privacy Bar Section

WP29 releases Privacy Shield rules of procedure and complaint form

(Feb 21, 2017) The Article 29 Working Party has released two forms related to the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield agreement. The rules of procedure for the "Informal Panel of EU DPAs" provides a road map for handling complaints under Shield. "The panel is competent for providing binding advice to the US organisations following unresolved complaints from individuals about the handling of personal information that has been transferred from" the EU under Shield. According to the document, the panel will attempt to provide... Read More

Asia-Pacific Dashboard Digest, Canada Dashboard Digest, Daily Dashboard, Europe Data Protection Digest

Man sues Uber after wife discovered his affair via app notifications

(Feb 21, 2017) A French businessman is suing Uber after his wife received notifications of his trips to his mistress, The Verge reports. The man logged into his Uber account on his wife’s phone one time, and despite logging out of the app, his wife continued to get notifications. The man’s wife discovered his affair, and filed for divorce, according to BBC News. The businessman is suing Uber for 45 million euros. Uber France did not comment on the situation, stating, it “does not publicly comment on individual cases, and especially on cases that involve a divorcing couple.” Read More

Daily Dashboard, Europe Data Protection Digest, Privacy Bar Section

FTC now weighing in on smart doll concerns

(Feb 21, 2017) After Germany's Federal Network Agency advocated that parents destroy the My Friend Cayla doll after fears its smart technology was a privacy concern, U.S. consumer groups have filed a complaint against the doll with the Federal Trade Commission, The Christian Science Monitor reports. "Watchdog groups point out that audio files get sent to a database maintained by Genesis Toys’ technology partner, Nuance Communications, which also develops voice-recognition programs for law enforcement and the m... Read More

Daily Dashboard, Europe Data Protection Digest

'Outside Your Bubble' module from BuzzFeed looks to 'de-silo' online content

(Feb 21, 2017) BuzzFeed News has announced a trial of its “Outside Your Bubble" feature, a tool that looks to give users a glimpse beyond their predominant social media circles, BuzzFeed reports. The tool will appear as a module below popular and widely shared stories, giving the reader other perspectives from popular sites around the web, like Reddit, Facebook and Twitter. "Our goal is to give readers a sense of these conversations around an article, and to add a kind of transparency that has been lost in the rise of social-media-driven filter bubbles," the report states. "We view it in part as a way to amplify the work of BuzzFeed News reporters, and to add for readers a sense of the context in which news lives now." Read More

Asia-Pacific Dashboard Digest, Canada Dashboard Digest, Daily Dashboard, Europe Data Protection Digest