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

Podcast: Product design as an exercise of power and manipulation

(Aug 24, 2018) Our modern privacy frameworks, with their emphasis on gaining informed consent from consumers in order to use their data, are broken models. That's according to Woodrow Hartzog, a law professor at Northeastern University in Boston. In this episode of The Privacy Advisor Podcast, Hartzog discusses the ways that, given such models, technologies are designed at the engineering level to undermine user privacy. Hartzog's research focuses on “the complex problems that arise when personal information i... Read More

Podcast: Edelson on why CCPA is bad law and suing Kanye West

(Aug 10, 2018) While Jay Edelson is no stranger to taking down big names — The New York Times calls him the "babyface boogeyman" for his takedown of Silicon Valley behemoths, his latest endeavor pushes even him into unchartered waters. In this episode of The Privacy Advisor Podcast, the founder and CEO of Edelson PC talks about his latest legal pursuits, including a class-action lawsuit against Kanye West over alleged consumer privacy violations via his music streaming service, Tidal. Edelson also discusses th... Read More

The Privacy Advisor Podcast: On why the CCPA is bad law and suing Kanye West

(Aug 10, 2018) What we know about attorney Jay Edelson to date: He loves beach volleyball so much that he had a court installed at his Chicago law firm so he and his crew could blow off steam. The New York Times refers to him as Silicon Valley's "baby faced boogeyman" for his aggressive court takedowns of tech behemoths. And he's got a very firm grasp on the global privacy and data protection legislative landscape. In this episode of The Privacy Advisor Podcast, Edelson talks about his latest legal pursuits, i... Read More

Book review: 'The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in America'

(Jun 26, 2018) The first chapter of Sarah E. Igo's impressive new history of privacy in America begins not as you might guess with Brandeis and Warren's 1890 article in the Harvard Law Review, "The Right to Privacy," but with an 1888 entry from the notebooks of Henry James, in which the novelist deplores the "impudence" of the newspapers of his day that published photos of society swells at their balls and resorts. In Igo's "The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in America," the choice to begin the story wi... Read More

Book review: 'Privacy’s Blueprint: The Battle to Control the Design of New Technologies'

(May 22, 2018) If the phrase "privacy by design" hadn't already been coined for its special purposes, Woodrow Hartzog might well have taken it as the title of his smart new book instead of the rather oblique title it now bears. In his new book, "Privacy's Blueprint: The Battle to Control the Design of New Technologies," Hartzog, who is on the faculty of the Northeastern University School of Law and a prolific writer for legal journals, addresses design in the usual sense of the term: How things (products, inte... Read More