FPF opens tech policy institute in Israel

(Jun 15, 2018) When deciding to choose where to open its first regional office, the Future of Privacy Forum considered New York and Silicon Valley but decided to set up shop in a country that has quickly become a hot spot for privacy-related activity. The FPF recently launched the Israel Tech Policy Institute, a place where privacy professionals, lawyers and academics will work together to solve pressing privacy issues. IAPP Associate Editor Ryan Chiavetta, CIPP/US, spoke with FPF CEO Jules Polonetsky, CIPP/US... Read More

EC announces members of its AI group

(Jun 15, 2018) The European Commission announced who has been appointed to serve on its High Level Group on Artificial Intelligence, TechCrunch reports. The group will work to discuss crafting policy around artificial intelligence and consists of 52 professionals from tech companies, advocacy groups and other areas, including Google, IBM, SAP and Access Now. The EC said earlier this year it sought to have a “coordinated plan on AI” by the end of 2018. The group will work to find an EU-wide consensus on the bes... Read More

Algorithmic accountability and the GDPR

(Jun 15, 2018) There has been a lively debate in the academic community of late about whether data subjects under the EU General Data Protection Regulation have a "right to explanation" of automated decisions made about them. On one side, some contend that no such right exists under the GDPR; instead, there is a "limited right to information" only. On the other side, some have argued that this is a narrow analysis and that a contextual interpretation would provide such a right. So, is there a right to explanat... Read More

ICANN files appeal in WHOIS data case

(Jun 15, 2018) The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers has filed an appeal with the Higher Regional Court in Cologne, Germany, over a decision made by the Regional Court in Bonn. ICANN wants the court to issue an injunction forcing domain registrar EPAG to continue sharing WHOIS data under its Registrar Accreditation Agreement. If the regional court does not issue the injunction, ICANN wants the case referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union. “We are continuing to seek clarity of h... Read More

Senators ask Amazon to provide data protection details

(Jun 15, 2018) Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Chris Coons, D-Del., who have been tasked with investigating consumer privacy, recently sent a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos seeking answers to a recent incident involving an Amazon Echo device and to better understand what the company is doing to protect users' personal information, Wired reports. Coons said, "This incident makes it clear we don't fully understand the privacy risks we’re taking," adding, "Amazon owes it to the American people to be clearer about... Read More

Cambridge Analytica contractor to testify at Senate hearing on data risks

(Jun 15, 2018) A spokesperson for the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee confirmed the panel plans to call former Cambridge Analytica Contractor Aleksandr Kogan to testify at a hearing held next week on data privacy risks, Reuters reports. The panel’s subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security will focus the hearing on Cambridge Analytica and other Facebook partners. John Battelle, who helped found Wired Magazine and is a board member of database marketing company Acxiom, and... Read More

FPF launches Israel Tech Policy Institute

(Jun 15, 2018) When the Future of Privacy Forum decided to open up its first regional office, there was debate as to where would be the best location. They could have chosen New York, or perhaps Silicon Valley, areas that may initially pop into your mind when thinking about technology. FPF CEO Jules Polonetsky, CIPP/US, and leadership at the organization, however, decided to set up shop in a country that has quickly become a premier destination for privacy-related activity. Co-founded with IAPP Vice President... Read More

Canada's new cybersecurity strategy released

(Jun 15, 2018) Canada has released its new cybersecurity strategy, CBC News reports. The highlights of the strategy include an emphasis on encryption, especially as quantum computing continues to advance. The strategy also includes a focus on national security and fighting back against cybercrime, an area where encryption plays a big role. "This is a very active, ongoing discussion," Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said. "Obviously, encryption is hugely valuable to protect people's personal and private in... Read More

CRA suffered 2,338 privacy breaches in 21-month time frame

(Jun 15, 2018) Government documents reveal the Canada Revenue Agency suffered 2,338 privacy breaches within a 21-month span, affecting more than 80,000 Canadians, Global News reports. The documents listed breaches occurring across all government departments, with the CRA facing the most incidents since September 2016. Of the 2,338 breaches, 33 affected enough citizens to require the agency to report them to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. A number of the more serious breaches involved employe... Read More

Study examines data collection, protection efforts of Canadian businesses

(Jun 15, 2018) A survey commissioned by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada polled Canadian businesses about their data collection practices, Global News reports. Of the 1,014 predominantly small- to medium-sized businesses polled, 94 percent said they collect basic contact information, while 25 percent collect financial information and 21 percent gather identity documents. When asked about protecting the data, 94 percent of respondents said they use at least one security method such as a password... Read More