Privacy pros see more intersection with privacy, ethics

(Nov 11, 2019) Compliance in the privacy space focuses on meeting the requirements of the law and abiding by its language. However, both scopes start and end with ethical considerations. "Ethics is doing the right thing even when no one is watching," Akami Technologies General Counsel and Chief Data Protection Officer James Casey, CIPP/E, said at the IAPP's Privacy. Security. Risk. conference in Las Vegas. "It's the umbrella set of concepts that apply to your compliance, legal and trust efforts." IAPP Staff Wr... Read More

FTC to host workshop on voice cloning tech

(Nov 5, 2019) The U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced it will explore voice cloning technologies in a workshop Jan. 28 in Washington. "You Don’t Say: An FTC Workshop on Voice Cloning Technologies" will dive into development and use of the technology, speech synthesis and ethical concerns the tech poses. Discussions will work to reveal both the benefits and potential pitfalls that come with voice cloning.Full Story... Read More

ACLU sues FBI over biometric tracking claims

(Nov 1, 2019) The American Civil Liberties Union has announced it has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts alleging the Federal Bureau of Investigation has unlawfully been tracking citizens through biometric technology. The ACLU is seeking to force the FBI to return all records from their unwarranted biometric scans, including all information collected from facial-recognition software. "The FBI’s troubling political policing practices underscore the urgent need for tran... Read More

Hong Kong OPC says personal data disclosure OK for reporting employer crimes

(Oct 31, 2019) The Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data Hong Kong has deemed it "justifiable" for individuals to use an employer's personal data to report their criminal activity, ABS-CBN News reports. The OPC said such reporting is "not a privacy issue" and is merited if individuals "honestly believe that crimes were committed."Full Story... Read More

UN privacy rapporteur proposes global protection standards for health data

(Oct 30, 2019) According to a post from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, UN Special Rapporteur on Privacy Joseph Cannataci has introduced a draft of international standards for the use and protection of heath care data. The recommendations explain best practices for data management, addressing particular issues and considerations for data protection needs in case-by-case matters. "Health-related data is very sensitive and has high commercial value," Cannataci said. "There is... Read More

Establishing values, shared responsibility key when privacy, ethics converge

(Oct 29, 2019) A lot of thought and consideration goes into developing a privacy program, and rightfully so. The program not only reflects how an organization abides by privacy laws and deals with privacy issues, but it's a reflection of the organization as a whole. How an organization presents itself boils down to ethical values and beliefs. And coincidentally, values and beliefs are pillars for how a company shapes its privacy compliance and incident response. The connection between ethics and privacy has l... Read More

Law enforcement: Genetic privacy crackdown hampers cold case investigations

(Oct 28, 2019) NBC News reports U.S. law enforcement has seen its ability to solve cold cases become even more difficult after genealogy website GEDmatch revised its privacy policy. The website went from allowing law enforcement access to its database without user permission to giving users the chance to opt out of such searches and use. The number of genetic profiles available to law enforcement went from "more than 1 million to zero" after the policy change, according to the report. "There are cases that won... Read More

The challenges DPAs, DPOs face to operationalize privacy at scale

(Oct 24, 2019) Businesses and data protection authorities are both facing challenges from a complex digital and legal ecosystem with a limited set of resources. That notion was clear during a panel presentation during the final day of the 41st Annual International Conference on Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Tirana, Albania.  "We need to operationalize privacy at scale," said Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer Julie Brill. "Ensuring there are ope... Read More

Dispatch from Albania: The challenges faced by DPOs and DPAs

(Oct 24, 2019) Businesses and data protection authorities are facing challenges from a complex digital and legal ecosystem with a limited set of resources. That notion was clear during a panel presentation during the final day of the 41st Annual International Conference on Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Tirana, Albania. IAPP Editorial Director Jedidiah Bracy, CIPP, was on hand to hear insight from privacy officers and regulators during a panel moderated by IAPP CEO & President J. Trevor Hughe... Read More

ICDPPC calls for increased global cooperation as conference begins

(Oct 23, 2019) The opening session of the 41st annual International Conference for Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners kicked off in Tirana, Albania, Wednesday. Common talking points throughout the event have included the need for convergence and cooperation, not only among global regulatory authorities, but also among industry, government and civil society as dramatic advances in digital technology continue to challenge laws and regulations, business models and democracies around the world. IAPP Editori... Read More