For Groman, privacy is as important at his house as it was at Obama's

(Dec 12, 2018) Marc Groman, CIPP/US, has had a pretty illustrious career as a privacy professional. Most recently, he held the top privacy post at the White House as senior privacy advisor at the Office of Management and Budget under the Obama administration. Before that, he was president and CEO of the Network Advertising Initiative. But it is his current and most long-term role, that of “dad,” that has him grappling with privacy policies more than ever before. It is for that reason that he and husband David ... Read More

Is it time to merge CISO and CPO roles?

(Dec 12, 2018) In an article for CMSWire, AvePoint Chief Risk, Privacy and Information Security Officer Dana Simberkoff, CIPP/US, writes that the global regulatory landscape has given way to the emerging trend of merging privacy and security roles. Simberkoff writes, “It’s clear that the new normal for privacy laws will require clear, tangible and operational IT security controls.” While chief privacy officers and chief information security officers have clearly defined roles, she notes that “it is important f... Read More

AI, machine learning, data privacy, blockchain top of mind for platforms

(Dec 11, 2018) Following the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy’s 2018 Platform Strategy Summit, a 28-page conference report summarizes highlights and key takeaways from speakers. The report notes top issues for platforms included implications of artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain-enabled technologies, data privacy and emerging regulations. It also pointed to the competition for tech talent, the economic impact of digital platforms, and new opportunities as trends to watch. Speakers from ... Read More

Lawsuit challenges California's collection of biometric data on arrestees

(Dec 11, 2018) Two organizations and one individual plaintiff filed a lawsuit against California for its collection and retention of genetic data on individuals who were arrested for a felony but never convicted of a crime. Represented by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, as well as the Law Office of Michael T. Risher, the plaintiffs argue that the state’s collection practices violate the privacy protections of innocent individuals under the state’s constitution. Center for Genetics and Society Executive Dir... Read More

Pichai to testify at US House Judiciary hearing

(Dec 10, 2018) Google CEO Sundar Pichai will testify at a hearing held by the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary Dec. 11, Axios reports. Pichai is expected to receive similar questions to those Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg answered when he testified on Capitol Hill earlier this year. The tech company has faced allegations it stores location data even after users opt out of tracking. “Americans put their trust in big tech companies to honor freedom of speech and champion open dialogue, and it is Congress’ re... Read More

McSweeny joins Georgetown Law's Tech Institute

(Dec 10, 2018) Georgetown Law announced former U.S. Federal Trade Commissioner Terrell McSweeny is joining the school’s Institute for Technology Law & Policy as a distinguished fellow. Previously, McSweeny was with the Department of Justice before joining the FTC and is currently a partner in the D.C. office of Covington & Burling. “I am thrilled to join the important discussion on technology law and policy at the Institute,” McSweeny said. “As an alum, I am looking forward to contributing to the excel... Read More

What does it mean to be a chief data ethics officer?

(Dec 7, 2018) Data ethics have become part of a global conversation among privacy professionals, receiving unprecedented attention worldwide. In fact, it was the theme of the international commissioner’s conference in October. While companies amass data on consumers worldwide, a recurring issue is how that data is analyzed and utilized to drive innovation. One company that seems to be taking the cue is Acxiom, a database marketing company. In this article for The Privacy Advisor, Molly Hulefeld spoke to Acxio... Read More

Ohlhausen joins Baker Botts

(Dec 7, 2018) Baker Botts announced former Acting Chair of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission Maureen Ohlhausen has joined the firm as partner and co-chair of the firm’s global Antitrust Practice, effective Jan. 1, 2019. Nominated by President Donald Trump to serve on the United States Court of Federal Claims in early 2018, Ohlhausen withdrew her nomination and decided to pursue private practice. Until her appointment as acting chairman, Ohlhausen served as FTC Commissioner from 2012. "We are thrilled to welco... Read More

Council discusses draft framework for responsible use of AI in Singapore

(Dec 6, 2018) Singapore’s Advisory Council on the Ethical Use of Artificial Intelligence and Data convened its inaugural meeting Nov. 30 to discuss a draft model framework on the responsible use of AI, which was published by Singapore’s Personal Data Protection Commission earlier this year. The meeting brought together members of academia, business and government to provide suggestions on how the framework could be improved. According to Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority, an updated draft of th... Read More

Mozilla hosts roundtable discussion on data use in India

(Dec 6, 2018) Following a closed-door meeting with online companies in India, Quartz interviewed Mozilla’s Urmika Shah and Amba Kak to hear key takeaways from the meeting, how they believe businesses can better protect user privacy, and their thoughts on the future of technology policy in India. Shah, who led the roundtable discussion on responsible data use, said, “I think once the Indian legislation does pass, that will bring more awareness to this issue, so more people will start caring about it.” Kak adde... Read More