FTC and FCC called on to enforce privacy regulation

(Jan 17, 2019) Multichannel News reports that Public Knowledge has called on the U.S. Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to enforce customer privacy network information regulation following a report that found a California VoIP provider left millions of text messages and call records on an unsecured database for months. The article states that Public Knowledge Senior Vice President Harold Feld called for the FTC and FCC “to get off the privacy sidelines and into the game.” ... Read More

The impact of the shutdown on US federal privacy offices

(Jan 14, 2019) While the partial shutdown of the government continues to have significant implications for agencies like the U.S. Transportation Security Administration as travelers holding their shoes navigate the nation's airports among long lines and wait times, the shutdown's impact on less visible operations may not be so apparent to civilians. But what happens to privacy at the federal level while those charged with operationalizing it are sitting at home? The shutdown's impact on the Department of Homel... Read More

The shutdown's impact on government privacy work

(Jan 14, 2019) While the partial shutdown of the government continues to have significant implications for agencies like the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, with travelers holding their shoes struggling to navigate the nation's airports among desperately long lines, the shutdown's impact on less visible operations may not be apparent to civilians. But that doesn't mean those operations aren't taking a hit, as well. What happens to privacy at the federal level when those charged with operationalizi... Read More

Could 2019 be the year for a federal US privacy law?

(Jan 2, 2019) After a busy year for privacy regulation, Yahoo Finance reports on the prospects of a federal U.S. privacy law in 2019. Last year saw the EU General Data Protection Regulation go into effect and the passage of the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018. In response to those bills, lawmakers have proposals for a federal privacy law; however, those potential rules need to find more common ground on several topics. Wired reports the CCPA could end up as a national standard for the U.S., while also... Read More

Wyden: Facebook's data sharing highlights need for federal privacy bill

(Dec 21, 2018) In an op-ed for NBC News, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., writes about why the U.S. needs a federal privacy bill after news broke on Facebook’s data-sharing agreements. Wyden states companies continue to mishandle and misrepresent what they do with users’ data and too often offer hollow apologies. It is the reason why the senator has created his own draft privacy bill. “Companies repeatedly lie to Congress and the American people about what they do with our information. It’s my view that CEOs who lie to... Read More

Top 10 podcasts privacy pros downloaded this year

(Dec 21, 2018) When her boss, Sam Pfeifle, charged IAPP Editor Angelique Carson, CIPP/US, with creating a privacy-focused podcast a couple years ago, she was slightly annoyed. She didn't know anything about podcasts, she didn't even listen to podcasts, and it sounded like it was going to be some weekly chore she would dread. But then things took off, and privacy pros tuned in and started conversations about episodes they'd heard, and a whole community was born. This year's podcasts focused on everything from h... Read More

Here are your 10 most downloaded privacy podcasts of 2018

(Dec 20, 2018) Making this list was so much fun.  When my boss, Sam Pfeifle, charged me with creating a privacy-focused podcast a couple years ago, I was slightly annoyed. I didn't know anything about podcasts, I didn't even listen to podcasts, and it sounded like it was going to be some weekly chore I would dread.  I was so wrong. Growing a podcast not only turned out to be an incredibly satisfying creative outlet for me, but it also helped me to understand the industry and the people who staff it so much b... Read More

ANA asks FTC to push for federal US privacy law

(Dec 20, 2018) The Association of National Advertisers wants the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to push for a federal U.S. privacy law, MediaPost reports. In comments filed to the FTC, the ANA said it supports a law to allow companies to use data in a reasonable manner, which “could include the collection and use of non-sensitive data for advertising purposes with consumer transparency and choice.” The ANA hopes for a federal law to preempt the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018. “Given the changing privac... Read More

Facebook had data-sharing agreements with more than 150 companies

(Dec 19, 2018) The New York Times reports Facebook allowed more than 150 companies to access more user data than it has initially disclosed. Documents obtained by the Times showed Facebook had data-sharing agreements with Microsoft, Amazon, Spotify, Netflix and Yahoo. All the data-sharing agreements were active in 2017, with some still in effect this past year. Facebook Director of Privacy and Public Policy Steve Satterfield said none of the partnerships violated the privacy of its users, as well as the tech c... Read More

FTC accepting calls for presentations for PrivacyCon 2019

(Dec 19, 2018) The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has started to accept calls for presentations for its fourth annual PrivacyCon that will take place June 27. The FTC seeks research on several topics, such as the new privacy and security issues that surround the internet of things, artificial intelligence and virtual reality, the greatest current threats to consumer privacy, the incentives for manufacturers and software developers to implement privacy and security by design, and whether there is evidence the ma... Read More