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Notes from the IAPP Publications Editor, March 16, 2018

Jedidiah Bracy, CIPP/E, CIPP/US
Greetings from Portsmouth, NH! One of the hot privacy topics in the U.S. this week has been the fate of the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act, better known as the CLOUD Act. This pending legislation, which deals with cross-border data transfers in law enforcement cases, is drawing both str...
Podcast: A journalist's view from the EU
Jennifer Baker makes a career out of knowing the nuances of data protection and data privacy. But she's not advising clients or writing privacy policies. Rather, as a freelance journalist, she is reporting on the developments that often guide the decision-making of those who do. Baker has spent year...
Vulnerabilities discovered in medical software
Security firm Rapid7 is warning organizations about vulnerabilities discovered in software developed by DocuTrac, Computer Weekly reports. The QuicDoc & Office Therapy suite is used in more than 5,000 health care organizations. Researchers found the software creates static accounts with signific...
Op-Ed: PCLOB nominations offer optimistic outlook
In an Op-Ed for Lawfare, Sidley Austin Senior Counsel Cameron Kerry says the recent nominations of Edward Felten and Jane Nitze to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board offer “something to be optimistic about.” Kerry calls the nomination of Felten as “inspired,” adding, “As a technologist ...
Court upholds teen's privacy
A recent ruling by U.S. Circuit Judge Barbara Milano Keenan sided with a Virginia teen, finding that the police had violated his right to privacy when gathering evidence in the case, Courthouse News Service reports. In her 29-page opinion, Judge Keenan wrote, “A reasonable police officer would have ...
Communicating with your DPA
If you are subject to the EU General Data Protection Regulation, you're going to find yourself communicating with data protection authorities. You might have a lead DPA. You might have several DPAs with which you'll need to keep in regular contact. Who is doing that communicating? When? What format ...