The globalization of criminal evidence

(Oct 16, 2018) Increasingly, evidence critical to ordinary criminal investigations is located across territorial borders. Before the rise of cloud computing, evidence of crimes generally was available within the requesting country’s territorial jurisdiction. Today, the content of emails, social network posts, and other content are often stored in a different country. A 2018 report by the European Commission found that “more than half of all investigations involve a cross-border request to access [electronic] e... Read More

Does US National Cyber Strategy leave out privacy?

(Oct 15, 2018) The Trump administration recently released its National Cyber Strategy. The document covers four pillars of activity, such as the development of a cyber group, the protection of government networks and critical infrastructure, and the fight against malicious cyberattacks from foreign actors. Privacy professionals, however, may look at the report and wonder: Where's the privacy? In this piece for The Privacy Advisor, IAPP Associate Editor Ryan Chiavetta, CIPP/US, talks to former federal governmen... Read More

Trump campaign renting supporters' info to candidates, conservative groups

(Oct 15, 2018) The New York Times reports U.S. President Donald Trump's political campaign has begun to rent out information on 20 million supporters. The database of email addresses and phone numbers is being shopped to candidates, conservative groups and businesses. Virginia-based Excelsior Strategies facilitates the data deals with interested parties. Any group interested in the information can pay $35 to send emails to 1,000 addresses, with added fees charged if the renter seeks to publish posts on Faceboo... Read More

Pentagon hit by data breach potentially affecting 30K employees

(Oct 15, 2018) The Pentagon announced it has been hit by a data breach potentially impacting 30,000 employees, The Associated Press reports. A cyberattack on an unidentified vendor resulted in compromised personal data and credit card information of U.S. military and civilian personnel. Pentagon Spokesman Lt. Col. Joseph Buccino said the department is investigating the breach to determine who was behind the attack and whether more individuals will be affected. “The department is continuing to assess the risk o... Read More

Finding the privacy in US National Cyber Strategy

(Oct 15, 2018) The Trump administration recently released its National Cyber Strategy. The document covers four pillars of activity, such as the development of a cyber group, the protection of government networks and critical infrastructure and the fight against malicious cyberattacks from foreign actors. Privacy professionals may look at the report and wonder where the privacy is in the White House’s report. Despite no overt references within the cyber strategy, however, many former federal government privac... Read More

Senate confirms three PCLOB members ahead of Privacy Shield review

(Oct 12, 2018) The U.S. Senate Thursday confirmed three members, including a new chairman, to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. The news could be potentially significant for the future of transatlantic data flows as it comes just before the European Commission’s second annual review of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield agreement. Confirmed by voice vote and posted to Twitter, the Senate approved Adam Klein as the PCLOB’s new chairman for a term expiring Jan. 29, 2024, as well as Edward Felten and Jane ... Read More

Perspective: How did Canada fare on privacy in the USMCA?

(Oct 12, 2018) Since Canada, Mexico and the U.S. updated their trade agreement, several Canadian commentators have raised concerns about some of its data localization and privacy provisions. But is the privacy sky falling? "Certainly, it would be wrong to dismiss the concerns of advocates for data localization," writes nNovation Partner Timothy Banks, CIPP/C, CIPM, CIPT. "There are very good reasons to require data about Canadians to remain in Canada." In this post for Privacy Perspectives, Banks takes a step ... Read More

How did Canada fare on privacy in the USMCA?

(Oct 12, 2018) Canadian commentators have raised alarm over provisions relating to data localization and privacy in the United States Mexico Canada Agreement on international trade. The Washington Post dramatically announced that “Experts say USMCA frees Canadian data – but with unknown risks,” while Prof. Teresa Scassa authored an opinion piece for MacLean’s Magazine titled, “The USMCA locks Canada in on digital trade – and at a worrying time.” Ensuring that Canada would not enact additional data localizatio... Read More