OPC accepting proposals for privacy-research funding program

(Nov 20, 2017) The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has issued a call for proposals for its annual "Contributions Program," which funds independent privacy research. The OPC seeks to emphasize the advancement of privacy-enhancing technologies in this year's call: The office released a research report on PETs in conjunction with the announcement. The proposals must address the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act. In addition, the OPC is increasing the funding awarded... Read More

European Commission launches 4M euro prize for usable authentication tech

(Nov 17, 2017) With a proliferation of internet-of-things devices entering the marketplace, the European Commission has launched the Horizon Prize to help jumpstart development of a "simple, secure and privacy-friendly way" to authenticate people when connecting to their devices. The prize totals 4 million euros, with 2.8 million for the winner, 700,000 for second place, and 500,000 for third. "The winning solutions will be innovative methods that will enable everyone and their smart objects to seamlessly auth... Read More

New Zealand's OPC accepting designs for Privacy Trust Mark logo

(Nov 16, 2017) New Zealand's Office of the Privacy Commissioner has created a call for help in creating a logo for it’s Privacy Trust Mark, which will be added to products and services that have been recognized as having consumer privacy as a priority. Entries will be accepted until midnight, 15 Feb. 2018, and the winner will be awarded $3,500. The Privacy Trust Mark is intended to create an identifiable mark of trust for consumers, helping the OPC promote "a culture in which personal information is protected ... Read More

Ex-NSA employees leaving government work for the private sector

(Nov 14, 2017) The Washington Post reports on the growing number of former U.S. government intelligence employees who are leaving organizations such as the National Security Agency to work in the private sector. One of those people is Ellison Anne Williams, who left the NSA after 12 years to start her own cybersecurity company, Enveil. Williams’ startup sells an encryption service designed to track data flows, building on encryption research done at the NSA but declassified through a technology transfer progra... Read More

A look at day two of #DPC17

(Nov 13, 2017) He's back again. IAPP Content Director Sam Pfeifle, sifting through a pile of excellent photography from event shooter Paul Clarke, simply couldn't help but put together another quick reflection on last week's Data Protection Congress in Brussels for Privacy Perspectives. Herein, get a view and some thoughts on keynote addresses from German MEP Birgit Sippel, author Jon Ronson, and artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg, along with a snapshot of a number of breakout sessions. You'll even get a take on the... Read More

The view from Brussels, part deux

(Nov 13, 2017) Hi again, everyone. Seriously, this photographer we had at the Data Protection Congress last week is terrific — Paul Clarke — and it really is fun to reflect on our event through the images he's captured.  See how many people are here in front of German MEP Birgit Sippel, way down there at the front? That's how many people now fully grasp just how impactful the ePrivacy Regulation is likely to be when it makes its way through the byzantine EU lawmaking process. See Jedidiah Bracy's full coverag... Read More

Podcast: Why ad tech is in trouble

(Nov 10, 2017) We've all heard ad nauseam the phrase "consent is king" under the GDPR and the ePrivacy Regulation. But one industry for whom that's particularly relevant is ad tech. The model under which the industry has been operating faces a significant shift, particularly given recent surveys indicating consumers are keen to opt out when given the option to under tracking preferences. In this episode of The Privacy Advisor Podcast, Page Fair's Johnny Ryan discusses the industry's necessary shift. "When I re... Read More

A glimpse of day one at #DPC17

(Nov 9, 2017) The first full day of our Data Protection Congress in Brussels yesterday was fairly overwhelming — a sold-out event, in a venue very literally at capacity — so that it was difficult even if you were in attendance to take it all in. Luckily, we've got a very talented photographer on site, and it's easy to give you a quick glimpse. IAPP Content Director Sam Pfeifle offers some thoughts on the highlights for Privacy Perspectives, paired with a first set of photos to take you inside the event.Full S... Read More

The view from Brussels

(Nov 9, 2017) The first full day of our Data Protection Congress in Brussels yesterday was fairly overwhelming — a sold-out event, in a venue very literally at capacity — it was hard even if you were in attendance to take it all in. Luckily, we've got a very talented photographer on site and it's easy to give you a quick glimpse. Here's the story of day one in pictures: Věra Jourová, EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, and the politician tasked with guiding through the GDPR and ePri... Read More

Santa Clara symposium to examine GDPR for US-based businesses

(Nov 7, 2017) Santa Clara University’s School of Law announced its 2018 Journal of International Law Symposium will examine the implications, challenges and risks for U.S.-based businesses once the upcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation takes full force in May. The 2018 symposium will include panels to discuss strategies for GDPR preparation, understanding and assigning risk to data, and incorporating a privacy-by-design process into organizations. The event will take place Feb. 9, 2018. Full Story... Read More