Introducing Belgium’s first DPA

(Apr 24, 2019) It's been a busy couple of days for David Stevens. His last day as data protection officer at market research company Nielsen was April 23. On the 24th, he becomes chairman of the newly formed Belgian Data Protection Authority. The new office, representing a small country of just 11.3 million, presents an opportunity for the DPA to establish itself in the European regulatory scheme. Stevens says Belgium’s size is disproportionate to its importance in the EU. “We are so small, everybody crosses o... Read More

Tristan Harris is back with a new phrase: 'human downgrading'

(Apr 24, 2019) An article for Wired interviewed Tristan Harris, former product manager at Google who began speaking on the tech industry’s “hijacking of the human mind,” to hear how he is now rejoining the conversation with a new phrase on how tech is impacting people’s lives: “human downgrading.” Harris said, “It’s not like I want to get up and think about words.” He added, “I want to get up and actually see these problems go away. But if we don’t have the language as a lever it’s not going to happen.” (Regis... Read More

Ghana to host data protection and privacy conference

(Apr 24, 2019) The inaugural African Region Data Protection and Privacy International Conference will take place from June 24 to 28 in Accra, Ghana. Described as a “conference in Africa, by African authorities, focused on Africa,” the event will bring together more than 1,000 delegates to discuss and promote the development of data protection and privacy laws across the continent. Formed in response to concerns raised at the December 2018 African Union meeting, the conference aims to move the continent forward... Read More

Cranor named to Carnegie Fellows program

(Apr 24, 2019) Carnegie Mellon University's CyLab Privacy and Security Institute Director Lorrie Cranor, CIPT, has been named to the Class of 2019 Andrew Carnegie Fellows, according to a release from the university. Cranor was chosen as one of this year's 32 fellows, selected from nearly 300 nominations. Cranor has drawn up 150 papers on privacy and security that champion usability as a key element to making modern technology more safe, secure and privacy aware. Writing the seminal book "Security and Usability... Read More

Georgetown, MIT to host privacy law presentation

(Apr 24, 2019) Law students from Georgetown University and engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are joining forces on solutions for U.S. privacy legislation at the Privacy Legislation Pitch Presentations Thursday on the 12th floor of the Gewirz Building on the Georgetown Law campus. Students from Georgetown Law's Federal Legislation Clinic and MIT's Internet Policy Research Initiative will form interdisciplinary groups that will go before a panel to present draft legislation related to poli... Read More

Vermont Attorney General talks regulating data brokers, protecting consumers

(Apr 23, 2019) Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan was elected in 2016 and is the 26th attorney general of the state. Donovan has many years of experience representing the government, having served as an assistant district attorney in Philadelphia and as a Vermont state attorney for Chittenden County for 10 years. As attorney general, he has taken an active role in advocating for consumers’ rights with respect to privacy and data security by engaging with the community on issues of concern and weighing in on s... Read More

How a boutique firm is managing to thrive 10 years in

(Apr 23, 2019) Flash back to April 2009 for a moment. President Barack Obama was at the tail-end of the first 100 days of term number one. The North Carolina Tar Heels crushed Michigan State to win the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, and the Black Eyed Peas’ “Boom Boom Pow” began its domination of the Billboard 100 charts. It was during this time when Chris Zoladz, CIPP/E, CIPP/G, CIPP/US, CIPM, CIPT, founded Navigate LLC, a boutique consulting firm that provides advisory services to help organizations mana... Read More

Web con: 'GDPR: Where Are We Now?'

(Apr 23, 2019) The first anniversary of the EU General Data Protection Regulation is right around the corner. Privacy professionals may use this time to stop and take a look at how the landscape of the industry has changed since last May, and how compliance with GDPR breach notification requirements has impacted their work, as well as how it has influenced other regulations such as the California Consumer Privacy Act. Join the IAPP May 16 for this web conference to get a look at GDPR data breach notification b... Read More

People on the move: May

(Apr 23, 2019) Here's a list of the movers and the shakers in the privacy profession within the last month or so. Have a move or a shake of your own you'd like mentioned? Email Jennifer Beckage, CIPP/E, CIPP/US, Myriah  Jaworski, CIPP/E, CIPP/US, and Daniel Greene, CIPP/E Beckage, a New York–based law firm focused on tech, data security and privacy law, recently announced that Jennifer Beckage, Daniel Greene and Myriah Jaworski have earned the Certified Information Privacy Professional/Eu... Read More

Volunteer Spotlight: A conversation with Abhishek Agarwal

(Apr 23, 2019) In this Volunteer Spotlight, The Privacy Advisor caught up with Abhishek Agarwal, CIPP/US, chief security and privacy officer at Fresenius Medical Care North America, where he serves to communicate security risks to key players and ensure adherence to regulatory requirements. As chair of the San Francisco Bay Area KnowledgeNet, Agarwal provides privacy leadership in the Bay Area, speaking on operationalizing requirements and best practices of the EU General Data Protection Regulation. Agarwal re... Read More