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(Jul 30, 2015) Google has been given leave to appeal a decision that users can claim damages for a breach of the UK Data Protection Act (DPA). The Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that the Google v. Vidal-Hall case, referred to by IAPP VP of Research and Education Omer Tene as the "European Privacy Judicial Decision of a Decade," can go back to court yet again Read More

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Baltimore Start-Up Aims To Put Users in Control of Online Tracking

(Jul 22, 2015) Given what they saw as a lack of regulations to protect consumers against potential harms as a result of increasingly pervasive and surreptitious online tracking, college buddies Chandler Givens and Ryan Flach have decided to do something about it themselves. Last week, they launched TrackOFF, software designed to allow consumers to combat digital tracking from their own computers. Read More

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Live from the IAPP: DPC 2015 and the GDPR

(Jul 17, 2015) Whether you are a privacy professional practicing in the EU or not, you’ve probably been watching the headlines this summer about the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the ongoing trilogue process. After all, the GDPR is expected to have far-reaching implications for organizations—and anyone who works in privacy—well beyond the EU’s borders. It’s probably not a surprise, then, that the IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2015 will feature keynotes and educational sessions to help you prepare for the changes the GDPR is sure to bring with it. Read More

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TeleSign Launches Campaign To Boost Two-Factor Authentication

(Jul 14, 2015) In June, mobile identity company TeleSign commissioned a study on consumers’ concerns about online security and their exposure to breaches. It found that, amidst increasing reports of well publicized breaches, 80 percent of consumers are worried about their online security and 40 percent have experienced a security incident within the past year. It also found that 73 percent of online accounts use the duplicated passwords and more than half of consumers use five or fewer passwords across their entire online life. Given statistics like those, TeleSign has launched a campaign aimed at educating consumers on what it says is the future of mobile identity, two-factor authentication. Read More

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Privacy Advocate Caspar Bowden Has Died

(Jul 9, 2015) Privacy advocate Caspar Bowden has died, according to German site Netzpolitik.org. Bowden was well known in the privacy community as an outspoken activist concerned about mass government surveillance, even before the Snowden revelations broke.  Bowden was well known to the IAPP community, having worked as Microsoft’s chief privacy advisor from 2002 to 2011. In that role, he spoke at the very first IAPP Privacy Academy in 2003. His departure from the company was tied in with his concerns about U... Read More

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UN To Announce Rapporteur for Privacy Tomorrow, and It's A Surprise Twist

(Jul 2, 2015) The United Nation’s Human Rights Council will tomorrow announce its appointment for a special rapporteur on the right to privacy. President of the Human Rights Council (HRC) Joachim Ruecker announced yesterday that the HRC’s Consultative Group ranked first Katrin Nyman-Metcalf of Estonia, though “concerns were raised as to whether she was the best qualified candidate for this specific position.” As such, Ruecker recommends for the job the person whom the Consultative Group ranked second, Joseph Cannataci of Malta, “who has long-standing experience in the field of human rights.” Third in line for the position is Jose-Luis Pinar, former director of the Spanish Agency for Data Protection and vice chairman of the Article 29 Working Party. Read More

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IAPP Announces PLSC Winners

(Jun 30, 2015) This year’s Privacy Law Scholars Conference featured some of the leading thinking in the field, and the IAPP was proud to award $2,500 and a speaking role to the authors of the two papers voted as the best of the best. After a couple of years featuring co-written papers, this year we’ve awarded two single authors for work that, on the one hand, looks back at the history of the Social Security number and, on the other, offers a path toward a new and better form of consumer-protection regulation. Read More

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