Book review: 'Stand out of our light: Freedom and resistance in the attention economy'

(Aug 27, 2019) The title of this book is taken from an anecdote about Diogenes, the ancient Greek philosopher who was known for his self-imposed poverty and his cranky personality. While he was reading one day, outdoors in Corinth, he was approached by an admirer, Alexander the Great, who offered to grant him any wish. Diogenes only wanted to get back to what he was doing before the interruption. Rather than ask for a material benefit, he simply said: "Stand out of my light." James Williams, a “former Google ... Read More

Op-ed: Does 'The Great Hack' miss the big picture?

(Jul 29, 2019) The takeaway for mainstream audiences of the new Netflix documentary "The Great Hack" about the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal is that data corrupts and privacy information can be used as warfare, Vice reports. However, Motherboard Senior Editor Janus Rose believes the film fails to capture the bigger picture. She writes, "The real 'great hack' isn’t Cambridge’s ill-gotten data or Facebook’s failure to protect it. It’s the entire business model of Silicon Valley, which has incentivized the... Read More

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