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(Oct 24, 2016) Like any other weekday, last Friday I grabbed a cup of coffee and activated my computer to see the latest world news cascade down my Twitter feed. But unlike an average day, Twitter was down. Mild discomfort settled in. Social media addiction aside, it turns out a huge swath of popular websites — from CNN to Github to Paypal to reddit — were down for users in the eastern part of the U.S. The culprit, as we probably should expect by now, was a massive Distributed Denial of Service attack, and it... Read More

Privacy Perspectives

Why artificial intelligence may be the next big privacy trend

(Oct 17, 2016) Move over big data and the internet of things — artificial intelligence is poised to be the next major trend that privacy pros should stay on top of. In the past month alone, we have seen the launch of a major industry effort to explore the policy ramifications of AI, and the U.S. Department of Transportation has released a policy roadmap for autonomous vehicles, suggesting that regulators and policymakers are eager to get into the AI game. Even the White House got involved this spring when it a... Read More

Privacy Perspectives

Fact-Checking the FCC’s Fact Sheet on Broadband Consumer Privacy

(Oct 11, 2016) Last Thursday, the FCC released a Fact Sheet announcing Chairman Wheeler had circulated to his fellow Commissioners a proposed Order with new privacy rules for ISPs, along with some high-level details of his proposal.  At the same time, the Chairman posted a blog titled “Protecting the Privacy of Broadband Customers” – a title that implies there is currently no protection for broadband customer privacy and the proposed rules would increase privacy for broadband customers. These implications are ... Read More

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Public or private, celebrities deserve control over their data, too

(Oct 4, 2016) Over the weekend two different celebrities were in the spotlight for very different reasons — one for sharing too much online, the other for keeping herself intensely private — but each instance is a smear on personal dignity and the right to privacy. Perhaps one of the world’s most famous people, Kim Kardashian West was bound and robbed at gun point in a posh section of Paris. Her equally famous husband, Kanye West, even stopped his concert in New York City in the middle of a song to say he ha... Read More

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Why we need Women Leading Privacy

(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

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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

Privacy Perspectives

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

Privacy Perspectives

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

Privacy Perspectives

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

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