As budget season approaches, it's no time to become complacent

(Sep 25, 2018) Privacy professionals have been exceptionally busy over the last two years. In the weeks leading up to May 25, 2018, General Data Protection Regulation activity reached a crescendo as officials, businesses and their adv isers prepared to go live. Many champagne corks were popped on that momentous day, but how did things look on May 26? As the Privacy Advisor reported in a GDPR day podcast, some privacy pros opted to take a well-earned vacation, while others considered what might happen over the... Read More

Ankura acquires Navigant team to bolster privacy offerings

(Sep 25, 2018) On Aug. 24, Ankura Consulting Group completed its acquisition of the privacy team housed within the Disputes, Forensics and Legal Technology segment of Navigant, a firm specializing in advisory, consulting and outsourcing services. The announcement concluded a month's-long process between the two organizations, giving Ankura the opportunity to use the Navigant privacy team to bolster its presence worldwide to more than 30 offices globally, manned by 1,400 professionals and allowing the consultin... Read More

Privacy products you may want to know about: October

(Sep 25, 2018) Tech solutions are increasingly a part of a privacy pros’ purview. Here’s a look at a crop of new privacy- and security-based tools that should perhaps be on your radar. Want your product featured? Email Molly Hulefeld at mhulefeld@iapp.org. D-ID D-ID, a software development company aiming to protect user privacy preferences in light of facial-recognition technology, launched its initial product on stage at TechCrunch’s Disrupt San Francisco conference, TechCrunch reports. The technology is be... Read More

Nonprofit news group to tackle 'societal harms of emerging technologies'

(Sep 24, 2018) Former Head of Wikimedia Foundation Sue Gardner and ProPublica journalists Julia Angwin and Jeff Larson have joined together to launch The Markup, a nonprofit news organization aiming to shed light on the “societal harms of emerging technologies.” The website will launch in early 2019, with The Markup planning to hire two dozen journalists after receiving $20 million from Craigslist Founder Craig Newmark, in addition to other donations. “In a healthy society, there’s an ongoing conversation abou... Read More

Podcast: His job is to staff the privacy industry

(Sep 21, 2018) A few years back, Zachary Plotkin was grabbing a coffee, as one does. When he went to swipe his credit card, a chief privacy officer who happened to be standing nearby asked him, "Hey, do you know where that data goes?" Thinking about it for a moment, Plotkin realized: No, he didn't. That began Plotkin's early education into privacy and data protection. A manager at Infinity Consulting Solutions, Plotkin decided he wanted to start helping staff companies working in the privacy space. That was be... Read More

The Privacy Advisor Podcast: Staffing the privacy industry

(Sep 21, 2018) A few years back, Zachary Plotkin was grabbing a coffee, as one does. When he went to swipe his credit card, a chief privacy officer who happened to be standing nearby asked him, "Hey, do you know where that data goes?" Thinking about it for a moment, Plotkin realized: No, he didn't. That began Plotkin's early education into privacy and data protection. A manager at Infinity Consulting Solutions, Plotkin decided he wanted to start helping staff companies working in the privacy space. That was be... Read More

India must address key challenges before implementing 5G

(Sep 20, 2018) Speaking at the ET Telecom 5G Congress 2018, Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha outlined key challenges facing the country as it works to develop fifth-generation services, The Economic Times reports. While Sinha said “India cannot afford to miss the 5G bus,” he called on the government to create “a legal framework to harness 5G to ensure the safety of all Indian citizens once fifth-generation mobile broadband technology arrives in the country.” Sinha pointed to “framing a relevant spectrum allocation... Read More

Ghostery launches update for mobile browsers

(Sep 20, 2018) Privacy-focused browser extension Ghostery launched a new version for iOS and Android mobile browsers, TechCrunch reports. Jeremy Tillman, the company’s director of product, called the update the first big update in several years and described the aim as providing an alternative browser for those who want it. Tillman said the goal was to incorporate Ghostery’s existing privacy protection ability with “a browser that can go toe-to-toe with Chrome.” He added the update provides “a cleaner, faster,... Read More

Russian nonprofit launches beta release of genomic internet

(Sep 18, 2018) Russian nonprofit Zenome.io launched the beta release of the first decentralized genomic internet, Labiotech.eu reports. Zenome’s genomic internet aims to address the challenges associated with storage, privacy and sharing data in joint research projects and will enable service providers to build a genomic marketplace. Zenome Co-Founder Alex Gorbachov said, “Our IT infrastructure will allow for joint research between different countries without violating the law on data transfer.” While companie... Read More

Amazon investigating employees taking bribes for data

(Sep 17, 2018) The Wall Street Journal reports Amazon is investigating its employees for allegedly taking bribes in exchange for data. Amazon employees have purportedly been paid anywhere from $80 to $2,000 for internal data and other confidential information independent merchants can use to gain an advantage on the website. The information includes internal sales metrics, reviewers’ email addresses, and the ability to delete negative reviews and restore the accounts of banned users. China is one of the areas ... Read More