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(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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Making privacy hip again

(Jul 20, 2016) As a member of Generation X, I am old enough to remember a time when almost all of us had an air of mystery about us—unless you were the kind to attract the gaze of the paparazzi. Unless someone was your close friend or a cousin you grew up with, you didn’t know their intimate details—and perhaps not even then were you really aware of nearly as much as you thought you were. There were always a ton of things you didn’t know about even those people with whom you spent hours of your day working and... Read More

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How 'Zero Days' is a cybersecurity canary in a coal mine

(Jul 19, 2016) It’s been said that truth is often stranger than fiction, and documentary “Zero Days” proves that old adage to be true. In this case, it's a truth that security and privacy pros may want to heed - but more on that in a bit.  Helmed by acclaimed filmmaker Alex Gibney, “Zero Days” covers the U.S. and Israeli-hatched supervirus – informally known as “Stuxnet” − created to hamstring the Iranian nuclear program in 2009. But that’s starting the story at the end. The film begins by unwrapping the tale... Read More

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Microsoft v. USA: A win for privacy, or is it?

(Jul 14, 2016) Until the likely Supreme Court challenge by the United States government, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision in Microsoft v. USA is a striking, resounding victory for information privacy over the constant threat of government access and overreach. At the end of the day, however, the results could be mixed both for privacy and for the protracted battle between, on the one hand, national security and law enforcement agencies and, on the other hand, industry and civil society.  The co... Read More

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The important privacy lessons from "Pokemon Go"

(Jul 13, 2016) Last week, my thirteen-year-old son uttered words I’ve never heard from him before. “Mom, do you want to go for a walk?” he said. I knew it wasn’t a dream, yet my brain struggled to process the words my ears heard. As it turned out, the desire to walk was neither a new interest in exercise nor a desire to spend quality time with his mother; it was to catch Pokemon using the new "Pokemon Go" augmented reality application. Off we went strolling through our neighborhood, catching Pokemon and littl... Read More

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Pokémon GO, augmented reality, and privacy

(Jul 11, 2016) Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve likely heard of Pokémon GO or skipped work today to keep playing it. If you’re like me, you probably saw it flash through one of your social media feeds like so many other topics you may not have time for. Or perhaps you have kids that are suddenly obsessed with the internet’s latest fad.  So what exactly is Pokémon GO? Well, in a nutshell, it’s a location-based video game layered on top of the physical world. “Now’s the chance to discover and capt... Read More

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Who’s responsible for the data breach epidemic?

(Jul 6, 2016) Another day, another data breach. Only today, it’s not just a data breach. It may be a lawsuit, or the reason hundreds of investors dump stocks and jump ship. We’ve reached a breaking point in regards to consumer privacy and data security. Data breaches have become a fact of business; and, as consumers, we’ve resigned to the idea that our information will be stolen soon, if it hasn’t already been compromised. Today, we’re beginning to see the fingers pointed. In the beginning, companies may ha... Read More

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With mandatory DPOs looming, answering business FAQs: Part two

(Jun 16, 2016) We have 20 separate legal entities across five countries in Europe. All are required to appoint a DPO as per the Regulation. Can we not just appoint a single in-house DPO to serve all of them? Although the GDPR in principle replaces national data protection laws, some local differences will remain. These differences can be found in local laws other than data protection, in DPA reflexes and in the expectations of the citizens. Moreover, we expect the DPO to be the face of the company to the exte... Read More

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The US government wants privacy pros: Time to act on it

(Jun 15, 2016) The U.S. federal government is hiring privacy professionals — but chances are you wouldn’t know about it. Privacy jobs are classified at the federal level using a job description originally designed for Freedom of Information Act positions. And trying to navigate through the government’s byzantine job classification and application system in search of a privacy job can leave even the most hopeful candidates scratching their heads. This is unfortunate since few if any world leaders have embraced... Read More

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