Angelene Falk named new Australian privacy commissioner

(Aug 17, 2018) Australian Attorney General Christian Porter announced Angelene Falk has been named the country’s new information and privacy commissioner, iTnews reports. Falk has been serving as the acting information and privacy commissioner following Timothy Pilgrim’s retirement from the role earlier this year. In addition to serving as acting commissioner, Falk had worked as deputy commissioner, as well as other senior positions within the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner. “Ms Falk has ext... Read More

Bergman: If privacy principles are from Venus, then engineering rules are from Mars

(Aug 16, 2018) Working with engineering teams is often necessary when operationalizing compliance efforts or bringing new products or services to market. "Privacy and engineering teams ultimately share one common goal: to create great customer and user experiences," Adobe Systems Vice President and Chief Privacy Officer Alisa Bergman writes. However, getting there, she notes, "can feel like the other team comes from a different planet. To engineers, privacy principles advanced by privacy professionals may appe... Read More

If privacy principles are from Venus, then engineering rules are from Mars

(Aug 16, 2018) Whether you’re a privacy professional or a software engineer, you likely have many stories about the opportunities, challenges and spirited debates within your organization, particularly in the recent run-up to EU General Data Protection Regulation. Privacy and engineering teams ultimately share a common goal: to create great customer and user experiences. Getting there, however, can feel like the other team comes from a different planet. To engineers, privacy principles advanced by privacy prof... Read More

Gellman: The long road to a US privacy law — Part 3

(Aug 15, 2018) In his final in a series of three posts for Privacy Perspectives, Robert Gellman, a Washington-based privacy and information policy consultant, reflects on the long and difficult road to a U.S. privacy law. His focus here is on areas of agreement between business and consumers. "Before moving there," he notes, however, "we should acknowledge a major division in the business community. Some American multinational companies see the need to move toward international (i.e., EU) data protection stand... Read More

EDPS: 'Big tech is still violating your privacy'

(Aug 15, 2018) In a column for The Washington Post, European Data Protection Supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli discusses the aftermath of the EU General Data Protection Regulation, noting many companies have taken "great efforts at compliance, which regulators recognize. At the same time, unfortunately, consumers have felt nudged or bullied by companies into agreeing to business as usual. This would appear to violate the spirit, if not the letter, of the new law." He also notes that supervisory authorities in the... Read More

The quick and involved work behind CaCPA

(Aug 15, 2018) In an article for The New York Times Magazine, Nicholas Confessore writes on how Alastair Mactaggart, a real estate developer turned data privacy advocate, introduced the California ballot initiative and the quick but involved work behind the passing of the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018. Highlighting the difficulties and divide among privacy advocates on the language of Mactaggart’s initiative, Confessore also draws upon the unrest among tech industry leaders. “It felt like a moment — ... Read More

FBI announces 5 leadership appointments

(Aug 15, 2018) U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray announced five leadership appointments. Amy Hess was named executive assistant director of the Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch; Matt Gorham as the assistant director of the Cyber Division; Brian Boetig as the assistant director of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate; Michael Gavin as the assistant director of the IT Applications and Data Division; and Marlin Ritzman as the assistant director of the Information ... Read More

The long and difficult road to a US privacy law: Part 3

(Aug 15, 2018) This is the third and last in a series about the road to a general-purpose U.S. data protection law and the pitfalls on that road. The focus here is on areas of agreement between business and consumers. There are, in fact, some areas where the interests of both camps overlap. Before moving there, we should acknowledge a major division in the business community. Some American multinational companies see the need to move toward international (i.e., EU) data protection standards. These companies s... Read More

What will the new SCOTUS nomination mean for privacy?

(Aug 14, 2018) With the retirement of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, President Donald Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh, paving the way for a newly shaped high court. But what will Kavanaugh's nomination mean for the future of privacy law in the U.S.? If confirmed, Kavanaugh "could impact important dimensions of privacy law, specifically in the areas where the Fourth Amendment intersects with national security and where the First Amendment intersects with technology," writes Saul Ewing Arnstein &... Read More

ICO appoints Simon McDougall to new executive tech, policy position

(Aug 13, 2018) The U.K. Information Commissioner's Office has announced the appointment of Simon McDougall, CIPP/E, CIPM, CIPT, to a newly created executive-level position that will report directly to Commissioner Elizabeth Denham. McDougall will join the agency as its first-ever executive director for technology policy and innovation. According to the ICO, McDougall will lead strategic approaches to data subjects' information rights and promote legally compliant practices for processing personal data. In this... Read More