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(Sep 21, 2016) Last year, we published some data here at the IAPP showing that the privacy profession is, in large part, gender balanced. There are roughly the same amount of women as men working in privacy, they’re at roughly the same levels in their organizations, and, in the United States at least, they’re within about 5 percent of each other in mean pay (yeah, the guys are higher). You gotta squint just a bit, but that looks like equality. So, let’s take that for granted, ignoring the big pay gap for wom... Read More

Privacy Perspectives, Women Leading Privacy

Why China’s cultural attitudes toward privacy may be in flux

(Sep 8, 2016) Something interesting is happening in China. That’s nearly always the case in general, but here I am referring to a specific development related to privacy. That development has been brewing for a number of years now, but it has persisted for long enough, and has risen recently to a level of intensity, that I am now beginning to consider seriously whether it may mean a long term or even permanent change in China, so far as privacy is concerned. That development is a rising awareness among the g... Read More

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Data protection should extend to virtual places and data objects

(Aug 24, 2016) As everyone likely knows by now, “Pokemon Go” encourages players to interact with their natural environment by using realistic maps of their surroundings as part of the game. The game itself is quite simple (here's a brief explainer). Players can collect "Pokemon" while walking around in the public. Some landmarks, cemeteries, public buildings, and monuments are “stops” where players can collect things (like potions). Other public places such as churches, parks, and businesses are tagged as “gy... Read More

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The rise of encryption in Turkey is not just about tech

(Aug 23, 2016) Turkey's digital literacy rate is arguably low, but every once in a while it takes a big leap forward. More often than not, Turkey enters into a cycle where its public institutions try to cope up with the new norms of the digital age. It was precisely the case in 2014 when Twitter and YouTube were frequently censored amid allegations of massive corruption in the government. Back then, the enemy was social media. That was the rise of anonymous browsing. It was then that people became experts of... Read More

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Make privacy great again

(Aug 18, 2016) Presidential campaigns. The Olympics. Game of Thrones. I’ve been reading and viewing a lot lately: newspapers (it is Indiana, we still have paper), documentaries, blogs, Facebook rants, Instagram memes, bathroom walls. It’s a long list. I’ve laughed. I’ve cried. I’ve felt lazy. And I’ve cringed. A lot. I worry that we seem to take joy in extreme polarizing positions often just because we know it will offend those with whom we can’t stand to agree.  Unlike the generations before us, we don’t ha... Read More

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The Olympic Panopticon

(Aug 17, 2016) The other night, I spent about 90 seconds watching Michael Phelps adjust his private parts. In my feed earlier today, I was greeted with a post that collected all of the “best” distorted faces made by Olympic divers. I’ve seen more people cry in the last week than in the four years previous combined. Did you see that vaulter bust his leg? Gruesome. This is the price Olympic athletes, all famous athletes in any sport, pay for their prowess. The constant and ever-present gaze allowed by today’s ... Read More

Privacy Perspectives

Lessons learned from Australia's '#CensusFail'

(Aug 10, 2016) On the other side of the world from our main office here in Portsmouth, NH, a nation-wide privacy issue has hit Australia. Like the U.S., which is due for its census in just four years, the country from down under (depending on where you're standing) is holding its census this year. This week, Tuesday night – yesterday – was the big night. But things didn’t go so well. For the first time, the Australian Bureau of Statistics hosted its census online on August 9. As the ABS pointed out in a serie... Read More

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An advocacy storm is coming. Could it water your garden?

(Aug 1, 2016) In recent months, a small but tenacious army of privacy and consumer rights activists has been quietly ramping up for an assault on poor privacy and data protection practices by companies and governments. These campaigners are building a new framework of strategic activism that may soon change the way all organizations do business. At its most dramatic level, this new paradigm will trigger a sharp increase in high-profile media and legal actions against companies. There will, in my assessment, ... Read More

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Ethics and the privacy harms of WikiLeaks

(Jul 26, 2016) WikiLeaks has been busy lately. Shortly after the failed coup attempt in Turkey, the controversial transparency organization posted around 300,000 emails of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan. Then last Friday, Wikileaks posted nearly 20,000 emails and 8,000 attachments from high-level officials in the Democratic National Committee. The latter, they proudly called part of their “Hillary Leaks series.” In response to the so-called “Erdogan emails,” Turkey’s internet governance agency blocked... Read More

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'Not unfair' may still be unreasonable: The ramifications of the SEC’s Morgan Stanley settlement

(Jul 20, 2016) Last month, the Securities and Exchange Commission fined Morgan Stanley under the Safeguards Rule of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act for failing to adequately protect customer records. Although the SEC has brought several privacy and cybersecurity enforcement actions — SEC Chair Mary Jo White recently warned that “cyber security is the biggest risk facing the financial system” — Morgan Stanley’s $1 million settlement is nonetheless eye-catching as the largest to date. The settlement reveals the SEC’... Read More

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