US Senate Banking Committee to host Facebook cryptocurrency hearing July 16

(Jun 20, 2019) The U.S. Senate Banking Committee will host a hearing July 16 on Facebook’s cryptocurrency service, The Hill reports. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, a member of the committee, said he has concerns over Facebook’s project. "We cannot allow Facebook to run a risky new cryptocurrency out of a Swiss bank account without oversight," Brown said. "I’m calling on our financial watchdogs to scrutinize this closely to ensure users are protected." A Facebook spokesperson said the company looks forward to answ... Read More

Kashmir Hill to join NYT staff

(Jun 20, 2019) The New York Times announced that technology reporter Kashmir Hill is joining its staff on the business beat. "Kashmir has long captured the unexpected and sometimes ominous ways technology is changing our lives," The Times leadership said in its announcement. "She describes her beat as 'the looming tech dystopia and how we can try to avoid it.'" Hill, who also confirmed the move on Twitter, most recently worked at Gizmodo Media Group. She also ran Fusion’s technology vertical “Real Future” befo... Read More

The IAPP is still accepting responses for the annual 'IAPP-EY Privacy Governance Report'

(Jun 18, 2019) The IAPP and EY are still accepting responses for the annual “Privacy Governance Report.” Last year’s survey found organizations put in more resources to tackle the implementation of the EU General Data Protection Regulation; however, fewer than 50% of respondents reported they were “fully compliant” with the rules. The 2018 report also highlighted the rise of data protection officers, as 75% of respondents said they hired a DPO. All responses submitted for the survey will be treated confidentia... Read More

Web con: 'Privacy Engineering Live — Is Encrypted Data Personal Under the GDPR?'

(Jun 17, 2019) Privacy engineering is the evolving practice of incorporating data privacy into product and service development and building data governance controls into systems that process personal information. In response to this emerging trend, the IAPP has created a new web conference series to highlight workable solutions and innovative people and ideas. Join the IAPP July 9 for the second installment of Privacy Engineering Live in which Fieldfisher Privacy and Security Information Partner Phil Lee, CIPP... Read More

FTC releases PrivacyCon 2019 final agenda

(Jun 17, 2019) The U.S. Federal Trade Commission released the final agenda for PrivacyCon 2019 scheduled to take place June 27. Opening statements made by FTC Chairman Joe Simons will be followed by four sessions. The first session will cover research on privacy policies, disclosures and permissions, with the other three presentations touching upon consumer preferences, expectations and behaviors; online advertising; and vulnerabilities, leaks and breach notifications. PrivacyCon is free and open to the public... Read More

APEC announces new US accountability agent for CBPR certifications

(Jun 14, 2019) The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation is set to boost the status of its Cross-Border Privacy Rules program in the U.S. APEC has announced that certification firm Schellman & Company is the newest CBPR accountability agent in the U.S. following approval from a joint oversight panel. Accountability agents work to ensure companies operating within the 21 APEC member economies have compliant privacy practices and policies in place. Schellman joins TrustArc subsidiary TRUSTe as the only U.S.-b... Read More

Israel Tech Policy Institute, FPF's Privacy Tech Alliance to launch June 25

(Jun 14, 2019) The Future of Privacy Forum and Israel Tech Policy Institute announced they will launch the Privacy Tech Alliance, a group in which privacy technology vendors, investors, academics and companies in various industries can meet and establish relationships with one another. IAPP Associate Editor Ryan Chiavetta, CIPP/US, spoke with Future of Privacy Forum CEO Jules Polonetsky, CIPP/US, and ITPI Managing Director Limor Shmerling Magazanik, CIPP/E, CIPP/US, CIPM, to discuss the creation of the allianc... Read More

Top-five most-read stories since June 10, 2019

(Jun 14, 2019) We know, there's lots of privacy news, guidance and documentation to keep up with every day. And we also know, you're busy doing all the things required of the modern privacy professional. Sure, we distill the latest news and relevant content down in the Daily Dashboard and our weekly regional digests, but sometimes that's even too much. To help, we offer our top-five most-read stories of the week.Full Story ... Read More

Sydney among cities to sign global initiative supporting digital rights

(Jun 13, 2019) ZDNet reports Sydney is one of 26 cities, and the only one in Australia, to sign the Cities Coalition for Digital Rights, which seeks to protect, promote and monitor the digital rights of residents and visitors. The initiative was started by New York City, Amsterdam and Barcelona. With looming concerns about the growth of unregulated surveillance practices in Australia, Digital Rights Watch invited more than 400 councils across the country to support the declaration. "Australians expect to be ab... Read More

FPF, Israel Tech Policy Institute to launch Privacy Tech Alliance

(Jun 13, 2019) The Future of Privacy Forum and the Israel Tech Policy Institute have, for more than a year, considered the creation of a group in which privacy technology vendors, investors, academics and companies in various industries can meet and establish relationships with one another. Future of Privacy Forum CEO Jules Polonetsky, CIPP/US, however, felt the idea came into existence a little prematurely. Companies were focused on their compliance efforts with the EU General Data Protection Regulation, and... Read More