The Privacy Advisor Podcast: Kashmir Hill talks privacy journalism, joining NYT

(Jun 28, 2019) Recently, The New York Times announced it had hired journalist Kashmir Hill to its business beat. Hill, most recently of Gizmodo, has long covered privacy in a distinct and unique first-person style, often through experimentation of her own with technology products and services. There was the time she tried to quit using the top-five technology companies to see what her life would become or the time she connected her entire home to the internet of things. In this episode of The Privacy Advisor P... Read More

Orwell's '1984' celebrates 70th anniversary

(Jun 10, 2019) June 8 marked the 70th anniversary of the publication of George Orwell’s "1984," and his son says the book is still as relevant today as when it first published, The I Newspaper reports. The anniversary comes during increasing concern over how social media and other technologies are using personal data. “He didn’t predict the internet but he predicted something close to it,” Orwell’s son Richard Blair said. “You only have to put so much information in and all these big businesses have all your d... Read More

Podcast: 100th episode special edition

(Jun 7, 2019) It has been three years since journalist Angelique Carson, CIPP/US, started something called a podcast that could help serve the IAPP membership, allowing them in-depth insights from their peers on how to thrive in the privacy profession and detailed looks at some of the industry's most important news. Since then, The Privacy Advisor Podcast has grown by the thousands in downloads and listeners. To celebrate, in this fun-loving, 100th-episode special anniversary edition, Jay Edelson, a plaintiff... Read More

The Privacy Advisor Podcast: 100th episode special edition

(Jun 7, 2019) It has been three years since journalist Angelique Carson, CIPP/US, was directed by her boss to start something called a podcast that could help serve the IAPP membership, allowing them in-depth insights from their peers on how to thrive in the privacy profession and detailed looks at some of the industry's most important news. Since then, The Privacy Advisor Podcast has grown by the thousands in downloads and listeners. To celebrate, in this fun-loving, 100th-episode special anniversary edition... Read More

Prince Harry wins legal battle using claims of GDPR violations

(May 20, 2019) Business Insider reports Prince Harry won a legal dispute against Splash News in London's High Court over claims of privacy law violations, including the EU General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018. While the case was settled before going to trial, the Duke of Sussex alleged that Splash News' photographs from a helicopter into a home he was renting were an invasion of privacy. The specifics of Harry's argument were unavailable, but his case for GDPR violations is belie... Read More

The Privacy Advisor Podcast: NZ commissioner calls for post-terrorism reforms

(Apr 18, 2019) In this episode of The Privacy Advisor Podcast, New Zealand Privacy Commissioner John Edwards discusses the privacy landscape in New Zealand and ongoing updates to the country's privacy law of 1993. The regulator is unique in that he does not have fining powers, but he says that's working just fine. He'll explain why. Edwards also discusses what he calls necessary reforms to the way social media platforms respond to modern-day terrorist attacks. Specifically, he's frustrated with Facebook's resp... Read More

Book review: 'The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power'

(Mar 26, 2019) Shoshana Zuboff’s book on privacy runs to nearly 700 pages, comprising more than 500 pages of text and nearly 200 pages of apparatus. But you shouldn’t be put off by the length — the book is no longer than it needs to be to meet its ambitions. It proposes not only to document the latest turns in the struggle against the wanton collection of personal data, but also to place these acquisitive practices within the larger history of technological advancement in the past century and an even larger hi... Read More

Perspectives: Privacy law and 'deepfakes'

(Jan 30, 2019) So-called "deepfake" technology is growing more sophisticated, getting the attention of some lawmakers, including U.S. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine. The concept of using artificial intelligence to superimpose a person's face onto another person's face will supercharge "fake news" and online misinformation, but it will also violate people's privacy. "Deepfakes raise questions of personal reputation and control over one's image on the one hand and freedom of expression on the other," writes former Wes... Read More

Here are your 10 most downloaded privacy podcasts of 2018

(Dec 20, 2018) Making this list was so much fun.  When my boss, Sam Pfeifle, charged me with creating a privacy-focused podcast a couple years ago, I was slightly annoyed. I didn't know anything about podcasts, I didn't even listen to podcasts, and it sounded like it was going to be some weekly chore I would dread.  I was so wrong. Growing a podcast not only turned out to be an incredibly satisfying creative outlet for me, but it also helped me to understand the industry and the people who staff it so much b... Read More

The Privacy Advisor Podcast: How 57 women won a trip to DEFCON

(Sep 7, 2018) Ask anyone who frequents DEFCON, known as a sort of summer camp for hackers, and they'll tell you the attendee roster at the wildly popular white hat event is overwhelmingly male. Rachel Tobac, chair of the board at Women in Security and Privacy, has been going to DEFCON to compete in Social Engineering Capture the Flag for the last three years, and winning. She has gained some notoriety for it, including appearing on this podcast twice before. But noticing she was very much in the minority as a... Read More