Book Review: 'Privacy Law Fundamentals 2017'

(Mar 28, 2017) The newest edition of the Privacy Law Fundamentals by Dan Solove and Paul Schwartz, published in 2017, has a lot to offer and is indeed a great reference book for every privacy professional to have in their library, writes ShanShan Pa. The third edition builds on former versions in its layout and design as well as the latest developments in privacy law both in the U.S. and globally, and is a useful reference for both new privacy pros and veterans. Read More

Elon Musk's new company seeks to link technology with the human mind

(Mar 28, 2017) Tesla and Space Exploration Technologies Corp. founder Elon Musk is launching a company aiming to create technology designed to connect computers with the human mind, The Wall Street Journal reports. Neuralink Corp. is attempting to create “neural lace” technology, tiny brain electrodes built to help strengthen the human mind. Those close to Neuralink say the first implants would aim to treat brain disorders. If the technology were to receive government approval, the company would work on cosmet... Read More

Businesses frustrated with online ads appearing on hate sites

(Mar 27, 2017) The Washington Post reports on companies that are concerned their online advertisements show up on websites featuring hate speech and other derogatory content. The advertising technology in the online ecosystem often bases its algorithms off users’ search and browsing histories. While such technology offers an unprecedented level of customizability, it gives businesses virtually no way to control where their advertisements will pop up. Companies such as Verizon and AT&T are pulling their bus... Read More

Initiative aims to operationalize consent

(Mar 27, 2017) In a column for Medium, Shaun Conway discusses attempts around the world to provide means for operationalizing consent, while also presenting the goals of MyData: "a vision and set of guiding technical principles for how we, as individuals, can have more control over the data trails we leave behind us in our everyday actions." Conway describes a number of recent initiatives to operationalize consent, including Eve Maler's User Managed Access initiative. To help continue addressing managed consen... Read More

Citi GPS report looks at ePrivacy and data protection

(Mar 24, 2017) A report from Citi GPS: Global Perspectives & Solutions, now stored in the IAPP Resource Center, culls together how consumers are tracked and how that data is processed and analyzed by organizations. The report, "ePrivacy and Data Protection: Who Watches the Watchers? — How Regulations Could Alter the Path of Innovation," features insight from several thought leaders, including Promontory's John Bowman, CIPP/E, and Simon McDougall, CIPP/E, CIPM, CIPT, Vivienne Artz, of Citi, and Vodafone's M... Read More

European Commission considering license for EU financial tech startups

(Mar 23, 2017) The European Commission is mulling a single EU-wide license permitting financial service-sector tech companies to operate all over Europe, reports. A portion of the European Commission’s plan to raise the fintech sector is to create a special regulatory framework for the entire EU. The commission will be launching a public consultation on fintech, with the consultation documents addressing the large amount of data collected by the financial sector, and how startups base their busine... Read More

House Oversight Committee grills FBI over facial recognition

(Mar 22, 2017) The House Oversight Committee held a two-hour hearing Wednesday exploring privacy and security issues around the deployment and use of facial recognition technology. Though the panel featured witnesses from government, industry, and civil society, much of the discussion turned on the Federal Bureau of Investigation's use of and access to nearly 412 million face images from various databases and its apparent difference of opinion with a Government Accountability Office report that was critical of... Read More

ESOMAR summit talks GDPR's impact on evidence-based decision making

(Mar 22, 2017) On Jan. 24, ESOMAR, a market-research association, hosted its first European Insights Summit to celebrate the value of research and launch a transparency initiative called Research Choices, an online platform informing the public about online audience measurement research and offering a central repository of research companies’ privacy policies. It offers a point-of-contact to answer public queries about these collection practices and signposts for individual companies’ control options for indiv... Read More

Criado-Perez talks how big data affects women at DPI 2017

(Mar 21, 2017) At the IAPP Europe Data Protection Intensive 2017 in London last week, author of "Do It Like a Woman" and the leader of a successful movement to get female representation on U.K. banknotes, Caroline Criado-Perez, discussed how women are affected by the ways society uses data. "I'm talking about how often we seem to forget women are 50 percent of the population, in all sorts of areas," she said. "And in particular, this is a problem when we start talking about big data — because if the data doesn... Read More

Review tackles two books on data use and privacy

(Mar 20, 2017) The Future Today Insitute's Amy Webb has reviewed two books for The New York Times covering what she calls very different views on how to use personal data. The first book, "Data for the People: How to Make Our Post-Privacy Economy Work for You," author Andreas Weigend argues that the exchange of data-for-service is universally beneficial: "If we let ourselves be mined, we receive personalized recommendations, connections and deals," the report states. The other book, "The Art of Invisibility: T... Read More