Book Review: 'Privacy Law Fundamentals 2017'

(Mar 28, 2017) The newest edition of the Privacy Law Fundamentals by Dan Solove and Paul Schwartz, published in 2017, has a lot to offer and is indeed a great reference book for every privacy professional to have in their library, writes ShanShan Pa. The third edition builds on former versions in its layout and design as well as the latest developments in privacy law both in the U.S. and globally, and is a useful reference for both new privacy pros and veterans. Read More

European Commission releases report on 'internet of toys'

(Mar 23, 2017) The European Commission released a report on a variety of issues surrounding toys connected to the internet. “Internet connected toys can offer new, important opportunities for play, learning, health and educational support, thanks to their interactive and personalised features, but they also raise questions about safety, security, privacy, trust and other fundamental rights of children,” the report states. The paper features six professionals’ views on the internet of toys, including the potent... Read More

Democratic senators reintroduce transportation cybersecurity bills

(Mar 23, 2017) Sens. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., have reintroduced two transportation cybersecurity bills, the Security and Privacy in Your Car Act and the Cybersecurity Standards for Aircraft to Improve Resilience Act, The Hill reports. The bills were initially introduced in the last session of Congress, the report states. The SPY Car Act calls for automotive cybersecurity and privacy standards from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Trade Commission, while... Read More

Experiment chronicles effect of constant surveillance in the home

(Mar 23, 2017) CNN reports on the Helsinki Privacy Experiment, a project designed to explore the long-term psychological effects of constant surveillance in a home environment. The results of the experiment, published five years ago, found while the majority of the participants expressed privacy concerns, such as the possibility of releasing the footage to the public, or the video would be edited in a way to intentionally misrepresent them, the subjects eventually got used to the surveillance. By the end of th... Read More

FTC, NHTSA to host workshop on connected vehicles

(Mar 21, 2017) The Federal Trade Commission will team up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to host a workshop on the consumer privacy and security issues raised by automated and connected motor vehicles. The workshop, taking place June 28 in Washington, will feature opening remarks by Acting FTC Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen and bring together stakeholders, consumer advocates and government regulators. Topics will include the types of data collected, stored, transmitted, and shared by vehicl... Read More

Markey, Welch propose legislation to regulate drone data collection

(Mar 16, 2017) Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., proposed legislation to protect citizens’ privacy from expanded government drone use, The Hill reports. The Drone Aircraft Privacy and Transparency Act will help to inform the public about drone location, timing and ownership, while requiring privacy provisions when the drones are used to collect data, and warrant requirements for drone use by law enforcement. “Drones flying overhead could collect very sensitive and personally identifiable in... Read More

Privacy, security advice for enterprises purchasing new tech

(Mar 14, 2017) In a column for The Wall Street Journal, Andrea Matwyshyn offers information security advice to companies making technology purchases. Noting that companies are expected to spend more than $3 trillion on workplace technology in 2017, Matwyshyn warns that purchasers tend to only consider cost, reliability and deployment and often fail to consider the security of such technology, and "I've seen them pay the price for that." She continues: "Companies need to understand from the start that their inf... Read More

Smart massage device company agrees to $3.75M settlement

(Mar 14, 2017) A pending settlement agreement in a Chicago federal court could have Standard Innovation Corp., makers of the app-controlled personal massager We-Vibe, paying $3.75 million to users after a proposed class-action lawsuit alleged the device monitored, collected and stored users' "highly intimate and sensitive data" without their consent, the Chicago Tribune reports. Additionally, Standard Innovation said it would destroy the data it had stored, stop further personal information and email collectio... Read More

Turow discusses new book on surveillance and shopping

(Mar 14, 2017) In an interview with CSM Passcode contributor Evan Selinger, author and professor Joseph Turow discusses his new book on consumer surveillance, "The Aisles Have Eyes: How Retailers Track Your Shopping, Strip Your Privacy, and Define Your Power." Consumer tracking is considerably more sophisticated than shoppers think, surpassing just targeted ads, and encompasses tools such as GPS, cross-device tracking and facial recognition, Turow said. Retailers use this information to forecast potential purc... Read More

Cadillac's new sedan will be the first V2V car on the market

(Mar 10, 2017) Cadillac revealed its 2017 CTS sedan will be the first car in the U.S. to include vehicle-to-vehicle communications as a standard feature, Mashable reports. The V2V system helps cars share information about road conditions and troublesome areas with other connected automobiles. Cadillac Engineering Group Manager Matt Kirsch said the system was created with privacy and cybersecurity considerations, including having a firewall in place and ensuring user data is never stored on the vehicle. The new... Read More