White House, industry reveal more details on US privacy framework

(Sep 25, 2018) Movement toward a U.S. privacy framework is gaining steam this week as lobbying efforts in Washington intensify ahead of the release of White House document outlining an initial approach to consumer privacy and a highly anticipated Congressional hearing Wednesday in which privacy professionals from several major tech companies will testify.  An "unpublished Notice by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration," an arm of the Department of Commerce, has appeared on the Federa... Read More

Draft motion calls for action ahead of European elections and following Facebook revelations

(Sep 25, 2018) Following its investigation into the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal, and just eight months ahead of the European Parliament elections, MEPs worried about malicious interference via Facebook plan to issue a series of recommendations. The motion is likely to be debated and presented in LIBE, the Parliament’s civil liberties committee, on Sept. 27, with a deadline for amendments the following day and a vote in LIBE on Oct. 10. A leaked draft of the suggestions from the committee includes th... Read More

Why benchmark data? To arm yourself with valuable data

(Sep 25, 2018) This article is part of an ongoing series on privacy program metrics and benchmarking for incident response management, brought to you by Radar, Inc., a provider of purpose-built decision support software designed to help privacy professionals perform consistent incident risk assessments and ensure timely notification, with real-time access to incident management reports and metrics. Find earlier installments of this series here. “Why benchmark?” is a question we have revisited many times over ... Read More

Ankura acquires Navigant team to bolster privacy offerings

(Sep 25, 2018) On Aug. 24, Ankura Consulting Group completed its acquisition of the privacy team housed within the Disputes, Forensics and Legal Technology segment of Navigant, a firm specializing in advisory, consulting and outsourcing services. The announcement concluded a month's-long process between the two organizations, giving Ankura the opportunity to use the Navigant privacy team to bolster its presence worldwide to more than 30 offices globally, manned by 1,400 professionals and allowing the consultin... Read More

US privacy framework gains momentum ahead of Senate hearing

(Sep 25, 2018) Movement toward a U.S. privacy framework is gaining steam this week as lobbying efforts in Washington ramp up ahead of a White House document on its approach to consumer privacy and a highly anticipated Congressional hearing Wednesday in which privacy professionals from several major tech companies will testify. An "unpublished Notice" by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, an arm of the Department of Commerce, has appeared on the Federal Register and includes a PDF r... Read More

FCA preparing to fine Tesco Bank record amount over 2016 cyberattack

(Sep 25, 2018) The U.K. Financial Conduct Authority is planning to fine Tesco Bank as much as 30 million GBP over the cyberattack it suffered in 2016, the Financial Times reports. Tesco was forced to repay 2.5 million GBP in losses to 9,000 customers following the incident. The FCA investigated whether the bank left customers exposed to fraud due to its use of sequential debit card numbers. Tesco and the FCA are currently negotiating the penalty, which could be the largest fine the agency has ever administered... Read More

Google faces privacy concerns over Chrome update

(Sep 25, 2018) The Verge reports Google is facing criticisms over a feature in the latest version of its Chrome browser. Whenever a user logs in to a Google service, such as Gmail or YouTube, using Chrome 69, they will be automatically logged in to the browser, as well. Critics of the change said the move will result in more users inadvertently sharing their information with the tech company. Chrome Engineer and Manager Adrienne Porter Felt said on Twitter a user will not be automatically sharing data with Goo... Read More

Microsoft announces Open Data Initiative with Adobe and SAP

(Sep 25, 2018) Speaking at the opening of the Microsoft Ignite and Envision conferences, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella stressed the need for greater "tech intensity," announcing a new Open Data Initiative with Adobe and SAP and AI for Humanitarian Action initiative, PC Magazine reports. The Open Data Initiative enables data sharing across the platforms and emphasizes customer ownership and control of data. Speaking about the need "to reimage customer experiences," Narayen stressed creating "compelling, personali... Read More

Dixon discusses importance of data-privacy legislation in the era of big data

(Sep 24, 2018) In a piece for Foreign Affairs, Irish Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon writes about the importance of data privacy legislation in the era of big data. As tech companies gather more information from internet patrons, Dixon states strong legislation is needed to protect users from eroding privacy rights, especially as online consumers focus more on goods and services than the details of how tech companies gather large amounts of information. Dixon cites the EU General Data Protection Regul... Read More

Antitrust battles between regulators, tech companies looming over big data

(Sep 24, 2018) Politico reports on the growing battle between competition regulators and tech companies over big data. European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager announced she will be conducting an investigation into Amazon’s data practices for potential information misuse, with the Head of Germany’s Federal Cartel Office Andreas Mundt considering an inquiry of his own, particularly after criticizing Facebook for strong-arming users into handing over information last year. The U.S. Federal Trade ... Read More