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(Aug 23, 2016) The U.S. Department of Commerce has released the list of the first companies to self-certify under the Privacy Shield. A once-over of the list indicates mainly smaller companies across a spectrum of industries. Who are these firms and what made them dive in early? One reason is that they were incentivized. Certifying early – by September  30 – means the companies will have a nine-month grace period to get their proverbial ducks in a row before facing scrutiny on their transfers to third parties... Read More

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Building a program? Better get your internal audit game right

(Aug 23, 2016) In the wake of several major data security breaches and increasing regulatory pressure on companies to protect confidential information, building an effective privacy program is crucial. Privacy practices are rapidly developing in all sectors and industries, and while non-compliance with the numerous industry, state, federal, and international regulations can cut heavily into profit margins, the effects of a data security breach can kill relationships with customers, vendors, and even stakeholde... Read More

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Top five company fails in prepping for a breach

(Aug 23, 2016) Over the last couple of years, there has been an optimistic increase in company breach-preparedness levels. For example, from 2013 to 2015, the percentage of organizations with data breach response plans increased from 61 percent to 81 percent – a significant (and necessary) surge given today’s landscape. Additionally, the involvement of senior leadership in data breach preparedness increased from 29 percent in 2014 to 39 percent in 2015. However, within that same time period, some of the larges... Read More

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Hey broadband companies, you might follow Verizon's lead

(Aug 23, 2016) August may be Washington’s quietest month, but all indications point to a Federal Communications Commission determined to finalize a landmark privacy rule proposal, the last piece of the Open Internet legacy that has been a priority for FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and the Obama White House. As has been widely reported, the new rules would regulate the data collection practices of broadband internet access service (BIAS) providers for the first time, in many cases requiring BIAS providers to receiv... Read More

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Will Brazil seize this opportune moment for data protection and privacy?

(Aug 23, 2016) As of late, it seems data protection and privacy on the internet seem to have finally conquered the agenda of key state actors, the market and society in Brazil. Such a conclusion is supported by a recent judicial decision blocking WhatsApp communications. It was for the third time in less than a year that the services were temporary blocked in the whole country because the company refused to deliver records of conversations between drug dealers. The theme is under the Brazilian Supreme Court ju... Read More

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A primer: IoT risks to mitigate

(Aug 23, 2016) Data is at the heart of the Internet of Things.  At its most basic, the IoT is the concept of connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet and/or to other devices. IoT devices may be any device capable of connection: hence the alternative moniker for the IoT of the Internet of Everything. IoT devices include everything from vehicles, smartphones, thermostats, kettles, swimming pools, washing machines, headphones, lamps, wearable devices and so on. The IoT also refers to remo... Read More

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Merging LiveRamp with Acxiom's process

(Aug 23, 2016) In 2014, Acxiom acquired LiveRamp, a customer data-onboarding company. The $310 million acquisition saw the joining of a startup with a well-established analytics and software-as-service company. The benefits for both were obvious: LiveRamp stood to benefit from Acxiom’s muscle in the way of technology, resources and talent, as LiveRamp CEO Auren Hoffman noted; and Acxiom got the technology, talent and energy of a startup that saw triple-digit revenue growth in each of the two years prior to the... Read More

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Review: The reality of Jason Bourne

(Aug 23, 2016) This summer’s crop of blockbuster films brings with it the long-awaited return of the "Bourne" series. Robert Ludlum’s latest tale crafts a compelling and timely depiction of one of today’s hottest legal topics — the intersection of technological progress and data privacy— and takes a trip down (recent) memory lane as it meanders through a land filled with Edward Snowden, government access to data, and the Apple encryption debate. But just how much of the legal tale is true, and how concerned sh... Read More

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How to 'industrialize' the data protection officer role

(Aug 23, 2016) As most companies operating in Europe should by now be aware, there will from May 2018 be a requirement for many firms to have a data protection officer. For small companies that nonetheless handle a lot of personal data, the sensible option will probably be to bring in an external DPO. There's likely to be a flurry of activity in the next couple of years, and one privacy professional who's definitely looking forward to the shake-up is Xavier Leclerc, the vice-president of the French associatio... Read More

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Q&A with Massachusetts AG Maura Healy

(Aug 23, 2016) Attorney General Maura Healey of Massachusetts has held her office since January 2015. Massachusetts has established itself as being on the cutting edge of data privacy regulations that call for robust written information security program and computer system requirements, and the attorney general’s office continues to be on the forefront of enforcement since its security breach notification law was passed in 2007. Healey was no stranger to the work of the office, having also served as chief of t... Read More

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Privacy Empress Tumblr Blog

By Courtney Gabrielson, CIPM
Staff Writer

Are you a GIF fan? Do you spend time on Tumblr laughing out loud when you should be PIA-ing? This might be right up your alley. Courtney Gabrielson imbues the privacy landscape with just a bit of cheekiness. Check out this monthly blog for a little comic relief on all the latest privacy news.