Op-ed: Exploring privacy values

(Jan 8, 2020) In a piece for Privacy Perspectives, Principal and Trust Consultant at Enterprivacy Consulting Group R. Jason Cronk, CIPP/US, CIPM, CIPT, FIP, shared a recent experience discussing ethics in privacy while attending an Atlanta IAPP KnowledgeNet event. “My biggest takeaway was the overreliance on gut reaction or intuition rather than an appeal to a concrete ethical framework,” he writes. Rather than “trying to argue the ethics of activities in a vacuum” or “using gut reactions,” Cronk suggests pri... Read More

Exploring privacy values

(Jan 8, 2020) I recently took part in a meeting at the Atlanta IAPP KnowledgeNet on the ethics of privacy. Led by Contrast Security Data Privacy Director Suzette Corley and OneTrust CEO Kabir Barday, CIPP/E, CIPP/US, CIPM, CIPT, FIP, the meeting wasn’t so much a lecture but an exercise. Small groups of privacy professionals discussed the ethics of three scenarios. For me, the actual substance of the exercise wasn’t as important as the insight I gained into the privacy professionals’ thought processes. My big... Read More

ICO: Balancing data ethics, digital economy

(Nov 19, 2019) U.K. Information Commissioner's Office of Technology Policy and Innovation Executive Director Simon McDougall discusses in a blog post considerations for data ethics in a growing digital economy. McDougall writes the EU General Data Protection Regulation can "continue to be relevant" with growing technologies, but "interpretation of that law is complex," and thus ethical questions are raised. "There is debate around when data protection and data ethics overlap, where they are separate, and where... Read More

Perspective: Pros, regulators should 'embrace the greater scope for privacy'

(Nov 15, 2019) The International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners recently completed its 41st annual meeting in Tirana, Albania, and announced a new name for the organization: the Global Privacy Assembly. “However, I am concerned that the new name doesn’t reflect the complexity of the issues confronting this community so that data serves humanity rather than making people targets,” Information Accountability Foundation Executive Director and Chief Strategist Martin Abrams writes. In this... Read More

Privacy and data protection: What's in a name?

(Nov 15, 2019) The International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners recently completed its 41st annual meeting in Tirana, Albania, and announced a new name for the organization — the Global Privacy Assembly — and Friday, it officially launched its new name and logo.  These annual meetings are very important for coordinating regulators and giving direction to the whole privacy and data protection community about the way regulators want to drive oversight and enforcement to protect people. ... Read More

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